IMPROVING THE LIVING STANDARDS OF SMALLHOLDER FARMERS.
Real lives
Christina Florian Mgwila, KILOMBERO PLANTATIONS LIMITED, Tanzania
Since joining KPL’s programme Christine’s rice yield has quadrupled through improved farming practices and access to finance for better fertilizers. For the first time ever she is now able to earn a living from her crops. Christine has finished building her house and two of her children no longer work on the farm. They go to secondary school instead.
"Our lives have changed massively – we are happy. I no longer worry about how to feed my family and can see a future in agriculture."
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Tanzania – our social impact
Investment
$20,707,884
COMMITTED INVESTMENTS
Jobs created
371
JOBS CREATED OR SUSTAINED
Livelihood
4,081
FARMERS LINKED TO MARKET
Lift
$69
INCREASE IN INCOME PER SMALLHOLDER FARMER
Rural Tanzania

The Challenges

Around 69% of people in Tanzania live in rural areas (2014), with one third living in poverty. Greenfield investments in Tanzania are high cost and high risk, as the country lacks basic infrastructure, such as power and water. It is also extremely difficult to access quality and affordable inputs, such as new seed varieties.  As in other countries, a scarcity of management expertise, together with complex land rights and red tap, makes for a challenging operating environment.



Our approach

AgDevCo first invested in Tanzania in 2012 and opened an office in the following year. Investments are made across a diverse portfolio of businesses within the agricultural sector, supporting emergent and smallholder farmers and developing greenfield sites.

Country Facts
  • Population (2014): 50,757,459
  • Poverty incidence (2012) at $1.25/day: 43%
  • Life expectancy at birth (2013): 61 years
  • GDP/Capita (2014): $998
  • Agricultural share of GDP (2013): 33.0%
  • % of population living in rural areas (2014): 69.0%
  • % of rural population living in poverty (2012): 33%
  • Food Security Ranking (2015): 98 out of 109

Sources:  World Bank, FAOSTAT, Global Food Security Index

 

We believe we can make more impact by looking for new ways to tackle poverty in the regions where we work.
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