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Helping farmers in Tanzania

I recently met Bakari Barosha, a 70-year-old farmer in the Kasulu District, West Tanzania. Bakari’s life was changed when he joined the farmer field school set up by one of Concern’s partner organisations.

Cash crops

Bakari has been learning new farming practices that he’s applied to his own small plot. Now the land around his house is green and lush with tall maize, spinach and fresh green cabbage.

He says:

I’ve learnt proper seed spacing, and I can tell the difference already as my crops are bigger. The vegetable garden is new, and we’ve already benefitted from this. I’ve added sunflower this year; we were given a small amount of seeds at the farmer field school to get us started. If the plants produce high quality seeds once they’ve been tested, then I will keep them to replant, and if not I will sell to make oil. It’s the first time in my life to grow a cash crop.

Hard times

Before learning these practices, farming was difficult in Kasulu. Bakari had barely enough to feed his family with only a small surplus to sell. Since he never made enough profit, he couldn’t afford to send any of his eight children to secondary school.  

Staying healthy

Now things have greatly improved. The Kasulu District receives a lot of rain, so with the right skills vulnerable farmers can cultivate nutritious food and stay healthy. For elderly people like Bakari, this is Concern’s main aim. 

Bakari can’t remember exactly, but he thinks he has over 20 grandchildren - so the extra money will come in handy!