Focus & Project
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Inputs

Published: September 23 2021

In Western Kilimanjaro, our Fahari Farm Project have been run and operational. Growing cranberry beans and green peas both for local market and export. In Kikavu, Kilimanjaro our partner farmers grow maize and onions and OBRI Tanzania has each sponsored demonstration plots this year, which are fields that can be used to teach, experiment, and develop best practices.

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Action

Published: September 23 2021

"Lead farmers" are those who host a demo plot. They have taken a risk in doing this, but they do it so they can learn from these partners.

 Their goal is to not only help their own farms, but to learn everything they can so they can share the knowledge and skills they gain with the farmers in their cooperative, and the rest of the community.

The hard work continues, but I have learned that when farmers and OBRI team  and partners walk together, we will go far.

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Extension

Published: September 23 2021

We are providing the farmers with extension. This means that partners are providing the farmers with information of best farming practices. When the farmers needed to transplant their onions, Our team was is there to give training and assist in transplanting.

For some of the crops that were attacked by pests, are discussions on crop protection options and proper application. This extension work and the conversation between the farmers and partners is so important for the success of demos and progress forward.

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Contract Farming

Published: September 23 2021

For the past six years, OBRI Tanzania have been working with sunflower smallholder farmers in central and southern Tanzania in a contract farming agreement to produce sunflowers for the company for our OBRI sunflower cooking oil product. 

What is contract farming? Simply put, contract farming is an agreement between a buyer and farmers that the buyer will purchase an agreed-upon quantity of a crop from the farmers as long as it meets the defined quality standards.

These agreements are advantageous for farmers because they set prices, so farmers know how much income they can expect from their crop before they plant. Secondly, these agreements ensure a market for the farmers' products.

This is extraordinarily important for farmers as it means they do not have to spend time finding markets for their product, which markets are often subject to a wide range of price fluctuations, depending on the crop.

This is an exciting time for farmers as contract farming is offering an opportunity for a second season crop with a guaranteed market! OBRI Tanzania have been working with partners to enable this opportunity for farmers since 2015 and everyone is very excited for this partnership.

Stay tuned to see how the crops are coming along and watch out for a harvest update later this each season. 

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Getting Crops to Market

Published: September 23 2021

Beans and Maize is the backbone of agriculture in Tanzania, but it is not always a simple market. Factors like weather patterns, increased maize imports, and fluctuations in the local markets can leave farmers asking the question, "Where am I am going to market my beans or maize?" Beans and Maize in Tanzania is grown mostly during what is considered the "long rains" season (January to October). This leaves land either fallow (left alone, unplanted) the second half of the year, or planted with other horticultural crops like tomatoes or onions.

OBRI Tanzania is working to ensure that there are markets for the farmers to sell their produce at a fair price. We understand that there is much more to successful farming than just sowing and harvesting.