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Pineapple farming

A pineapple grown using training and tools from Farm Africa that help farmers process and package produce to sell all year round. A pineapple grown using training and tools from Farm Africa that help farmers process and package produce to sell all year round.

The Bagamoyo district of coastal Tanzania is well known for fresh pineapple. 

But a lack of storage facilities and the refusal of fruit processors to buy non-standard fruit means farmers cannot sell all the fruit they grow and much is left to rot. Up to a quarter of the fruit is estimated to be lost before it reaches the market because of poor handling and storage after harvest.

We are working to help 1,000 women farmers earn more money by:

  • training them in better techniques that produce fruit of a high-enough standard to sell to local processors
  • working to obtain organic status so that the women’s pineapples are consistently sold at premium prices in both local and overseas markets
  • training farmers to use appropriate technologies to enable year-round production and harvesting.

Business skills

The women will earn more and hone their business skills, so they can:

  • pay for more nutritious food, schooling and medical costs
  • come to be seen as more equal partners in decision-making.

Who are we working with?

We are working with DORT Africa, a local non-governmental organisation based in Dar es Salaam, among other partners.

Innovation

This innovative project is just one of many across eastern Africa made possible by Farm Africa’s Maendeleo Agricultural Enterprise Fund.

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