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A seaweed farmer weeding her crop at a farm on Unguja Island in the Indian Ocean. A seaweed farmer weeding her crop at a farm on Unguja Island in the Indian Ocean.

Mango jam-making in Kenya, sorghum for beer brewing in Uganda, seaweed farming in Zanzibar, Farm Africa's Maendeleo Agricultural Enterprise Fund (MAEF) gets women farmers in eastern Africa trying new ways of working, setting up businesses and finding profitable new markets.

Since 2002 more than 150,000 households across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania have been reaping the rewards of MAEF projects, which:

  • sustainably boost agricultural productivity by investing in innovative technologies that can be replicated by other farmers
  • add value to harvests by farmers turning crops into more finished products after harvesting
  • take their produce to the most profitable markets
  • generate income, enabling rural families to trade themselves out of poverty and into a better life.

Past projects have seen crop yield increases of 400% and income increases of 500%, with returns on investment ranging from 10 times to 24 times.

By 2015 over 100,000 farmers in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia will have a reliable food supply and increase their family incomes by more than £300 per year.

Current projects

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