Tanzanian Farmers Join Together to Reach New Markets

January 05, 2012

In Tanzania, thousands of smallholder farmers are learning new skills, connecting to better markets and earning higher incomes. Through the Sustainable Horticulture for Income and Food Security in Tanzania (SHIFT) program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, TechnoServe is helping tomato, avocado, cocoa and mushroom producers in three regions of Tanzania.

In Tanzania, thousands of smallholder farmers are learning new skills, connecting to better markets and earning higher incomes. Through the Sustainable Horticulture for Income and Food Security in Tanzania (SHIFT) program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, TechnoServe is helping tomato, avocado, cocoa and mushroom producers in three regions of Tanzania. These farmers are joining together in business groups to sell their produce in bulk and improve their farming skills.

Farmers like Martha Mtenda are realizing the benefits. By selling through the group, Martha receives a price three times higher than what she earned previously. With the extra income, she is able to send her children to school and feed them a wholesome diet. She also upgraded her mud and grass thatch house to a more secure brick home.

Learn more about the SHIFT program.