Tanzania is a large country with a vast array of climates and natural resources. Smallholder farmers throughout the country try to maximize benefits from accessing and managing these local resources, from fishing on the coast, to forestry in the northern highlands to cash crops of maize and cotton in the lake zones.

With an annual output of around 350,000 tons of sunflower oilseeds, corresponding to about 90,000 tons of oil, Tanzania is one of the top ten sunflower oilseed producers in the world. Our current Forest Garden projects lie in the sunflower belt of central Tanzania in the Singida area. Most of our participant farmers in this semi-arid environment make money solely from sunflowers, and so lack diversity in food and cash crops. The Forest Garden approach is a critical solution to address these farming families’ long-term nutritional and household income needs.

About Tanzania



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Meet the Staff

Heri Rashid

Country Coordinator

Abisai Simon Malela

Lead Technician
In 1997 Abisai worked with Kilombero Sugar Company as cane haulage clack. In 2011, he worked with DASAM group of company as Team Leader managing 5 staffs. DASAM group of company deals with farmers group mobilization, training, input distribution and linking farmers with service providers (crop buyers and input supplier). His role was to supervise, plan and budgeting, train, making follow up and evaluate performance of work with farmers on the use of good and sustainable agronomic practices to farmers.

Rashid Howa Simfukwe

Lead Technician
Rashid S. Howa is a trained social scientist with over 9 years working experience in community development facilitations, with broad experience in Project planning and management, Monitoring and evaluation, Good governance, Policy analysis and advocacy, Community development approaches and proposal writing. Other skills include Gender and Development, Conflict management and strategic planning. Sectors with experience in Agriculture and Food security, Health, Education, Advocacy and human rights, Water, Environmental management, Economic development, HIV/AIDS, Leadership and good governance. He has been actively engaging in various professional associations including East Africa Water Association (EAWA) as a member since 2007. Also he has a good experience of managing donor budgets up to US $ 1 million per year.