Aiming to raise farmer incomes by increasing yields by 50%, 10,000 smallholder farmers are benefitting from video-based technical support and training on good agricultural practices.
This baseline report discovered approximately half (49%) of farmers surveyed were living below the food poverty line.
With support from AgDevCo’s Smallholder Development Unit (SDU), the scheme aims to benefit over 4,000 farmers - over the course of three years, household incomes are expected to increase by up to $200 per annum. This baseline survey indicated the poverty rate of Tropha households (37%) is still slightly higher than the national poverty rate (32%), and the poorest of the poor are more likely to be living in female-headed households.
Improving extension services with a non-recoverable investment of $335,000 aims toraise the annual average income of smallholder farmers by 131% by 2021. The farmers surveyed are generally poorer than the population of Tanzania as a whole - 24% were living below the national poverty line.
AgDevCo’s Smallholder Development Unit is supporting GADC to provide microloans and training to build financial skills, with the aim of stabilising household incomes, and improve productivity. The VSLA members are generally poorer than the population of Uganda as a whole, 20% of members were found to be living below the national poverty line for Uganda. When asked, 13% of respondents reported to having eaten only one meal the previous day.
Rungwe Avocado Company (RAC) is investing in Tanzania’s avocado production to reach international market standards. RAC outgrowers will benefit from AgDevCo’s Smallholder Development Unit support through improved extension services – their goal - 75% of avocados procured from smallholder farmers should be of export quality.