Seed Change Tanzania
01/09/2013 - Continuing
DANIDA, Agricultural Improvement Fund, AusDAP
Seed Change Tanzania is a non-profit organisation working with smallholder farmers in Kigoma, Tanzania. Seed Change’s objectives are threefold:
1. Improve productivity of smallholder oil palm farmers in Kigoma
2. Promote sustainable agricultural practices
3. Lift farmers out of poverty by introducing improved, high-yielding trees and farmer education to the region.
Seed Change aims to invigorate the Kigoma oil palm market, strengthen the palm oil value chain, and catalyse agricultural business throughout Kigoma.
We see the major impediment to development of the palm oil supply chain (and livelihood development of oil palm farmers) as the low-yielding local variety of trees, lack of farmer education, and lack of modern palm oil industry. By focusing on improving tree yields paired with farmer extension services and RSPO certification - the palm oil supply chain can be revolutionized in Tanzania to support sustainable practices while improving the livelihoods of oil palm farmers.
The four outcome KPIs of our project are:
1. Increase incomes and improve livelihoods for smallholder farmers. Farmers currently earn an average of $275 from their less than 1 hectare farms. We want to work with farmers through training and provision of high-yielding seedlings to increase incomes while promoting zero-land use change.
2. Increase oil palm yields in the Kigoma region through better farming practices and introduction of tenera seedlings, this will increase farmer yields by 1,145%.
3. Support the development of strong farmer associations. We currently work with 40 farmer associations and want to continue to support these groups and add other groups to our network.
4. Assist associations to ensure they are using sustainable practices. We currently train 827 farmers on sustainable practices inline with RSPO Principles & Criteria in preparation for future RSPO certification.
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Looking for Project Partners
Supply Chain PartnerSeeking Additional Funding and used for
Selling Certified Volume as RSPO Credit?NoInterested to be Contacted by Potential Buyer?No
Smallholder Story / Quote
Mwajuma Hemedi – Smallholder Oil Palm Grower
After completing lessons on HCVs she stated, “My farming has changed. I can see the palm oil trees are growing very well. I am
now a tree friend – I do not burn vegetation; I protect the forest. I am now a water friend – I do not dig or plant around our
water sources.” “HCVs mean life – by having a good environment the people will be happy, disease will be reduced, and we will
have enough water. Managing HCVs will be the way to maintain our forests and for the land to be regenerated. We will
experience land that is more fertile and harvests will be good. We will enjoy the land of our childhood.”Lessons Learnt
Relevant Tools used for Project Implementation
Other Information as Deemed Relevant by the Organisation
Kigoma Palm Oil Value Chain Assessment, for others to understand the state of the value chain (very undeveloped) and how
much potential there is (lots!)
Link to videos on our work including:
a short documentary showcasing our work and specifically our sustainability mission:
videos profiling our smallholder farmers: http://www.seedchangetanzania.org/videos
Name of The Smallholder Group SupportedSeed Change TanzaniaType of Smallholders Supported by This ProjectIndependentCountry & Location of ImplementationTanzania KigomaProject Period01/09/2013 - ContinuingStatus of The ProjectOn-going ProjectProject Certification StatusNot CertifiedCo-funded by RSSFYesAverage Smallholder Yield (in FFB/ha/year)
At Project Start: 200-300 L/ha
At Project End: 3,000-4,000 L/ha (forecast)Current Partner Organisations
Develops and promotes the use of simple digital tools and technology to help partners efficiently document, analyze, store, and share critical land and resource rights information. For Seed Change, they have been an implementing partner in our livelihoods survey collection and GPS mapping of farmers in our training program.
Supports Seed Change financially across both our seedling and farmer extension programs and additionally provides in-kind logistical and technical support as an implementing partner.
Supported Seed Change in our pilot of their Simplified HCV Approach for Smallholders and completed land-risk assessment
maps of our farmers’ land and have given us technical guidance and support on understanding HCV Awareness, methods for training, and ways to assess smallholder HCVs.
Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)’s Local Investment Climate Project:
Provided financial support for Seed Change operations.
Agricultural Improvement Fund:
An Australian based fundraising group who are financial supporters of our farmer extension, general operations and overheads.
Australian Direct Aid Program (AusDAP):
The Australian Government provided funding for our shamba darasa, farmer resource centre, and farmer training material preparation.
Tanzania Prime Minister’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government Kigoma:
The regional government authority supports our farmer extension work with human capital; working with Bwana Shambas – government extension officers who help contribute at lessons.
SolidaridadIndonesia , West Kalimantan
Seed Change TanzaniaIndependentTanzania , Kigoma
Cooperatives In Cote D’ivoireAssociatedCôte d’Ivoire , Maféré, Aboisso
Nedoil Ltd Farmer’s CooperativesIndependentThe Netherlands , Sierra Leone, Tonkolili District, Gbonkolenken Chiefdom, Yele Town.
Farmers Association In GhanaIndependentGhana , Eastern, Western, Central and Ashanti regions