EMPOWERING AFRICAN FARMERS
We Are In Business For The Long Run…
… And Well On Our Way
Our vision is exactly that – our VISION!
We have come a long way, but we still have some way to go. So far, we have established a farmer club and we are just about assemble and put together our first Harambee and HUB in Tanga.
Before long we will be able to test both Harambee and HUB – making sure they are ready for the harvest in March 2017.
We cannot wait to see the very first batch of Cashews come out of Tanga – pealed, processed and packed!
But to create change that will have an impact for generations, the solution has to be socially and economically sustainable.
In order to create social change locally, our aim is to begin by changing the economical situation for the farmers and their families by creating employment in the communities engaged in the Out-Growers operation.
First of, the Harambees and HUBs will be located locally and will be run by employees recruited from local communities. This means that these processing and packaging units will create jobs for others than just the farmers involved. To be more specific we estimate that a single Harambee will create employment for approximately 6 individuals beside the farmers, while the HUB will employ 36 people in managerial and service positions.
Secondly, we will be able to ensure better earnings for the farmers and employees involved by removing several links in the usual production chain. Putting processing and packaging into the hands of the farmers and local manpower instead of getting this done in other parts of the world.
Furthermore the farmers and employees will gain access to credit, join the farmer clubs and become smallholders in the Harambee and HUB –making it their own over time – thus investing in their own business for the long run.
Third of, our farmer-training program will develop farming-skills, which will improve the quality of the cashews, create intercropping possibilities and enhance the size of crops. Our intention is not to help create big landplot farming, but instead to make smaller, local and sustainable yields in respect to nature’s needs.
The farming program will also create employment as farmers and employees will be able to teach in the program, assist in management and further development of the farming program.
So to sum it all up: we will create employment in small African farming communities, and we will collaborate with a large number of smallholders who will develop their skills, improve their yields, gain access to credit and international markets, and retain a share of the value added after processing.
Get To Know A Few Of Them Here.
Name: Atanasi Lameck
Name: Maryamu Ndurya
Name: Hamisi Jumaa
Sub village: Kwangena Kati
Number of acres with cashew trees: 15
Number of trees: 277
Challenges in cashew farming: Insects that attack the trees and fire that destroys the crop. Insecurity when weighing the products at the place where he sells his raw cashew nuts. There is no access to a reliable market.
Sub village: Chachipo
Number of acres with cashew trees: 6
Number of trees: 270 that yield 2 Kg RCN each.
Challenges in cashew farming: Delay of payments and too low prices. Sometimes the cashew nuts will be stored until prices in the market have gone up or until a proper buyer shows up. This means that the farmers don’t know when they will get paid for their produce. With the volatile pricing and timing it is very difficult for farmers to plan for the future.
Sub village: Mandakini
Number of acres with cashew trees: 10
Number of trees: 600
Challenges in cashew farming: In Mkinga District the farmers sell their raw cashew nuts through a warehouse. Here the nuts are stored until sold. With this system, the farmers will get a receipt when delivering the raw nuts. The receipts can be used for borrowing money until the cashews have been sold at auction, and the farmers paid.
In Mkinga, the farmers however don’t receive these receipts. In this way the farmers never know when they will have access to cash, and how much their cashews will be sold for.