Successful Agricultural Program Comes to Life
It is not just crops that are growing in Tanzania’s Morogoro and coastal regions ― so too are optimism and new business opportunities for local women and youth.
To promote agriculture and agribusiness as an option for self-employment for youth and women, Cuso is working with partners Sokoine University Graduate Entrepreneurs Cooperative as well as local government, academia, and private sector to deliver the Kizimba Business Model.
Launched in early 2021, the Kizimba Business Model was created to boost employment in the agricultural sector and bolster agriculture as part of the country’s national GDP. The innovative platform is also contributing to stable economic growth by using the country’s raw materials and increasing Tanzanian farmers’ connection to larger supply chains.
“Our partner has built an ecosystem where different actors play their specific roles,” said Romanus Mtunge, Cuso’s Tanzania Country Representative. “Up to 800 tenants can farm a tract of land, each supported by casual skilled labour.” To date, 1,000 hectors have been mapped out for women/youth agribusinesses to farm mango and soya beans. There is strong market demand for these crops, which may in turn create new employment opportunities as well as interest from investors. Mtunge predicts the program will drive employment and help employ about 5,000-6,400 youth per year, including entrepreneurs like 25-year-old Fatuma Mbaga. She is the founder of Get Aroma Spices ― a small-sized producer and distributor of natural and dried food spices such as ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, lemongrass, masala, and other spices. Fatuma’s company buys raw materials from local farmers and then washes, sorts, dries, packs, and distributes spices to wholesalers, retailers, supermarkets, hotels, and other customers.
The initiative has provided Fatuma with valuable tips and tools for business management, record keeping, writing business proposals, and developing marketing strategies. “My business has expanded and I’m now able to supply five regions around the country and I’ve attended more than 40 exhibitions,” said Fatuma. She now has her sights set on expanding her business across all of Tanzania, one day operating her own production facility and providing employment opportunities to other women.
Revocatus Kimario, SUGECO’s Executive Director, is thrilled with the project’s success to date, feeling it is making a tangible impact in closing the country’s current gender gap. Without Cuso’s support, “the gap would be higher than it is,” said Kimario, who has seen firsthand the positive impact the program is having on women and girls.
“Many like Fatuma have benefited through the program,” added Kimario. “The support has been a catalyst of change in many areas for Tanzania, touching the lives of marginalized populations. Cuso is doing a great job in supporting our country’s development agenda.”
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