Multipurpose trees help Tanzanian smallholder farmers build resilience

A World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) pilot of growing multipurpose, fast growing leguminous trees such as gliricidia (gliricidia sepium), grevillea robusta and melia is helping hundreds of smallholder Tanzanian farmers build resilient farming systems. The pilot, conducted in collaboration with Africa Rising Project, has seen Tanzanian farmers in soil erosion-battered districts…

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Tanzania culls 5 000 day old chicks smuggled from Kenya

The Tanzanian government has culled 5 000 one day old chicks that were smuggled through the northern border from Kenya. Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Livestock Maria Mashingo said the chicks were destroyed to prevent the potential spread of avian influenza, or bird flu, from Kenya. She said the…

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USAID support lifts productivity of Tanzanian smallholder farmers

The application of technologies to scale up sustainable agricultural productivity is paying dividends to more than 50 000 Tanzanian smallholder farmers. The intervention, a brainchild of USAID Tanzania funded Africa Rising (NAFAKA), has exceeded the targets set when it was unveiled in 2014. “The efficacy of the technologies being promoted…

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Tanzania cancels private coffee buyer permits

The Tanzanian government has ordered coffee farmers to stop selling their produce to middlemen and traders who roam villages, saying all coffee should now be sold through auctions. The order immediately revoked thousands of coffee buying permits held by traders who have been operating in the 16 coffee producing regions…

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