Name Muviwapasi Association C/O Africado Ltd
GGN 4052852924962
Country Tanzania

Profile

Africado Ltd is an agricultural company that was established in 2007 with the objective of growing and exporting Avocados. It is based in Northern Tanzania, Sanya Juu and specializes in the Hass variety. The farm, Kifufu Estate, is situated at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro where it grows its fruit on the deep, well drained, red volcanic soil common in the area. The soils and the climate found in Kilimanjaro is ideal for avocado production. The company has future plans to grow other varieties of avocado and to diversify to other crops i.e. Blueberries (that is on trial now) and Macadamia Nuts.


Africado Ltd has directly and indirectly created employment for the local communities and provided an alternative cash crop that is an alternative to coffee, the traditional crop found in the region, which gives poor returns and has declined due to global price fluctuations.
In establishing a nucleus farm at Kifufu Estate, Africado has introduced modern irrigation systems and water harvesting techniques and given small scale farmers in the neighboring villages the opportunity to grow a new export crop. Africado has a catchment area of 200 km radius, spread in 9 districts of Northern Tanzania, where over 2000 small-scale farmers grow and supply avocado to Africado. Africado provide training, export markets and an opportunity for a reliable source of income for farmers growing avocado.


In establishing the nucleus farm and out-grower scheme, the company has been supported by Norfund, African Management Services Company (AMSCO), USAID-Tanzania Agriculture productivity Programme (TAPP), Trade Mark East Africa and Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA). The company plans to engage a large number of independent farmers as vendors of avocados and employ more than 300 locals when it reaches full capacity.

Read more and watch a video about the project here

 

Achievements

The pilot program for planting avocados with smallholder farmers was done in 2010. Initially, this program was not well received by the local people, as they were familiar with local low quality seedling avocados. Villagers considered avocado as a low value crop without a decent market and regarded it as a worthless fruit that was fed to their pigs.

To ensure a successful implementation of the project, the company did the following:

  • Developed training materials, written documents and video training to provide smallholders with information on the growing and market requirement for quality and food safety compliance.
  • Developed a traceability data system for the smallholder farmers in a database (AfricadoManager 160222 mde1), with all the farmers’ details and the respective GPS Coordinates.
  • Prepared the GAP training materials and conducted trainings.

Achievements:

  • Commercialization of a traditional low value crop and opening up of export markets to small-scale farmers, bringing in a new source of revenue for small farmers and Tanzania.
  • In 2014, the first group of 26 farmers were successful certified to GLOBALG.A.P., this being the first out grower group in the Northern zone of the United Republic of Tanzania to be certified for GLOBALG.A.P. In 2015, a second group of 228 farmers was certified in 2015.

A Senior Auditor from DNV-GL, Mr. Eric Munene Nkanata, gave the following compliments
“I want to congratulate you for the extraordinary work done on your out-grower scheme and say that I was very impressed with the tremendous effort you have put in place for the systems. It was an almost perfect system which others could learn from as it is not common to see such good systems elsewhere in the region. Your field officers have done a very good job so they should keep it up."

Over 470 farmers are expected to be certified in 2016 to GLOBALG.A.P. standards and 1000 farmers in 2017.

The company has prepared a farmers’ guide with simplified pictorials detailing good agricultural practices in Swahili and English languages for the smallholder farmers. You can download it here.

The project has brought hope to smallholder farmers after the collapse of the coffee industry as the farmers now smile all the way to the bank. The past and projected payments to farmers is as follows:

  • $ 689.32 – 2014
  • $ 13,298.34 – 2015
  • $ 28,900.67 – (Expected income 2016).
  • $ 280,000 – (target for 2020 once trees are mature)

Training of field officers attached to the out grower department has been scaled up and the group trained on Global GAP Risk Assessment, being a new program in Tanzania.

The small-scale farmer scheme has also brought to the region:

  • Employment creation
  • Post-harvest handling improvements that can be used across other crops
  • Increased agricultural knowledge for farmers: learning new farming techniques including mulching, manure application, composting, better irrigation methods and safe & effective use of plant protection products and contour farming as part of soil conservation methods that they have embraced.
  • Wildlife protection and the environment conservation in the areas where farmers are producing through training
  • Good water use and better water harvesting methods that the farmers have adopted especially for use on the avocado tree crops. See press release here.

GLOBALG.A.P. Certification has thus enabled better penetration to the international markets, environmentally friendly & sustainable farming methods, e.g. bio-intensive integrated pest management, cover crops use of hybrid seed varieties, and improved documentation of farmers’ operations which ensures the farmers know their business side of farming.