Orange-fleshed sweet potato project
In the Morogoro region of Tanzania, too often farmers cannot afford to buy the high quality seeds they need to grow enough crops to sell and support their families. What farmers do manage to grow they often have to sell immediately to passing traders for a poor price, trapping them in a cycle of poverty.
But the orange-fleshed sweet potato can change all that. Our three year project aims to provide farmers with the tools and skills they need to grow these amazing vegetables and lift their families out of poverty.
Why orange-fleshed sweet potatoes?
- They are rich in Vitamin A, which provides a much needed boost to the immune system and helps prevent serious conditions like early onset blindness
- A major campaign by the government of Tanzania to promote the vegetables as nutritious source of energy mean there is a growing demand for this crop in the country
- Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are not susceptible to the mburumundu pest which often blights crops in Morogoro region
Learning new skills
- 30 new demonstration plots will be established across ten villages in the region – helping 3,000 farmers gain access to training
- Demonstration plots provide farmers with the opportunity to learn practical skills and test different crop varieties to see which ones grow best. Our farmers will be given a choice of four different varieties to experiment with: Mataya, Kabode, Kiegea and Jewel
Group marketing and production
- We will set up a farming co-operative, so farmers can store and sell their crops as one unit – maximising quality and increasing profit
- Co-operatives will establish saving and lending credit association in each of our ten villages – helping farmers access small loans to invest in their future
- We will also help farmers access accurate market information so they are aware of current market prices for their crops
Who are we helping?
We are working with 3,000 farmers in ten villages in the Morogoro region of Tanzania. These farmers will benefit from new skills learned at our demonstration plots, as well as better access to storage facilities and marketing opportunities. The skills they develop together will last long after the Farm Africa project finishes, promising a sustainable future free from poverty and hunger.
Who are we helping?
This project is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.