As a child growing up in Tanzania, Azalia William Kyando always dreamed of making a difference. He watched as his hometown of Dar es Salaam quickly became the largest growing city in East Africa and the third largest on the continent. As Kyando grew, the city grew as well, experiencing a level of development and change that has left the metropolis grappling with massive waste.
While studying business and marketing at the University of Dar es Salaam, Kyando and his friends Noah Bendera, Ahad Katera and Latifa Mafunbi, were concerned about the amount of waste being produced by the city and decided to act.
"We spent a lot of time thinking about different options to address the need we had identified while still being able to make a living," Kyando said. "Then we realized that in Tanzania, a country of farmers, 95% of fertilizer is imported into the country."
It was through that realization that Guavay Company Limited was born. Guavay is the first company in... Read more
One of biggest challenge the agriculture sector is facing, is the aging of farmers who re not able to cope with today's challenges. On the other side, we have an increasing number of unemployed young people. However, it seems all the young people who have ventured in agriculture are doing well. we have aproached Mr. Diego to share with us :
Who is Dieudonne?
I am Dieudone Twahirwa, nicknamed Diego. I am 29 years old and love agribusiness I currently specialize in chilli. I graduated from the University of Rwanda in 2012 in the faculty of Agriculture and I am now the Managing Director of Gashora Farm ltd in Bugesera District.
What motivated you to venture in chilli
I started growing tomatoes and watermelon on land equivalent to one tenth of a hectare with Rwf 130,000 worth of investment and earned Rwf1.3 million from the first harvest.
Though it was doing well, the biggest challenge was that the tomato produce... Read more
Smallholder farmers in Tanzania are increasingly taking to sesame farming because of its drought resistant qualities. It is more resilient climate change related impacts.
Constantine Martin, a primary school leaver, who hails from Babati District in northern Tanzania has invented a simple and cost-effective machine that makes it easier to plant sesame seeds. Martin, 42, began developing his invention after receiving training in modern sesame farming by a London-based international development charity, Farm Africa, which helps farmers grow more, sell more and sell for more. He is also a member of one of Farm Africa’s co-operatives that brings members together to negotiate better prices for their crops and gain access to improved seed varieties, inputs and training.
The hand-pushed planting machine dubbed ‘Coasta Planter’ makes the planting of sesame seeds easier and upscale production.Sesame farming in Tanzania has t
Women are usually the main producers of many crops such as sunflower and wheat in Rukwa region in the southern Highlands of Tanzania. But unfortunately they benefit less from these production activities. However Mama Mzindakaya a teacher turned farmer and agrodealer believe that women producers can do better if given opportunities such as access to resources such as land, credit or finances as well as decision making power and access and control over benefit of agriculture production.As a teacher mama Mzindakaya was always passionate with agriculture.
Women are important players in agriculture value chains
In Rukwa region of Tanzania a lot of women engage in agriculture production. Fortunate or unfortunately most of the activities that women are more involved in are the most important ones that determine the yields of the crop such as land preparation, sowing or planting, weeding, harvesting and post harvesting activi... Read more
He is a young entrepreneur, 30 years old, and he is in love with agriculture. He has been a lecturer at Adama and Arsi Universities for more than seven years while keeping his relation with agriculture tight. In 2016, he won the Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition, and now he comes up with a new project that will hugely benefit smallholder farmers. He owns and runs a company called Green Agro Solutions, currently introducing a model called One-Stop Farming Solutions.
We invited Abrham Endrias to make an extended pitch on our Business Drinks on 25 May 2017, so he can share his entrepreneurial journey to our members and partners. Please read this interesting narration.
My acquaintance with the AgriProFocus network was two years ago. A friend named Shambachew told me that there was an announcement o... Read more