African Reflections Foundations (ARF) will next week sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement (TOAM) to promote organic farming in all the 125 villages based in Mkuranga District, Tanzania.
In a successful meeting held last week, TOAM and ARF agreed to work together to improve small-scale farmers in the remote areas of Mkuranga District, starting in the coming months this year.
ARF aims to revamp agricultural value chains, by enhancing enterprise formation, increasing access to markets; and promoting climate resilience and resource-use efficiency. ARF has planned to support training for the groups into organic farming and assure the farmers to market their products.
Each farmer group will be given smart phone to interact with other groups and experts from ARF through Whatsapp groups, so that they can be helped with their challenges. TOAM on its side will have to lead ARF and farmers to make sure groups are certified as organic producers.
For the purpose of marketing the groups’ products, Tanzpro Greens Limited was created to buy products from the farmer groups at a reasonable price, hence cutting away the middle men, who most of the time are the ones who benefit by giving the farmers less cash for their produce. For that matter Tanzpro Greens Limited has made available a 5 ton truck which will go around the farming areas to help the groups with direct transportation to the main city of Dar es Salaam.