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Combatting Climate Change with Agroforestry

In an earlier post, we looked at the practice of agroforestry and the countless benefits it brings to both crops and the smallholder farmers who grow them (check it out here for a refresher). Sparknotes: planting different crops together with trees in polyculture systems leads to healthier soils, higher yields, and more diverse income streams and family


Guest post by Megan Raisle. My name is Megan Raisle. I am a student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. My long-lasting interest in East Africa and systems surrounding food insecurity brought me to Tanzania, and the kindness of Alex and Beatrice brought me to Seed Change for a week to learn about their

Danish Ambassador Visits Seed Change

Last Monday we were delighted to be visited by Denmark’s ambassador to Tanzania, Einar Jensen. For the previous two years Seed Change has been supported by DANIDA (the Danish overseas aid agency) and so the Ambassador come by to see the progress. An agronomist by profession, Ambassador Jensen grilled us with questions on yield, water

Three Months in the Greenhouse

Often on this blog we write about general development issues and how they play out in our local Seed Change context. Not today. It’s straight local context and no wider issues. A Seed Change progress report. An update even. Those of you playing along at home may remember that three months ago we planted 60,000+

A Seed Change Success Story

Today’s blog post comes from Jackson Ruvamuwabo, our Community Development Manager. Jackson teaches our farmer training classes, conducts one-on-one farmer visits, and builds relations with local village government. Seed Change works with over 400 smallholder palm oil farmers in the Kigoma region; one of them is John Ibrahim from Kizenga village. Before joining Seed Change,

Patrick Sirrs Guest Post

Patrick Sirrs, an irrigation professional and Seed Change supporter, has been providing irrigation advice and support to us for over a year – but always from the comfort of his home in Canada. In February he decided to come to out to Kigoma, see what we were doing on the ground, break a bit of

Seed Change wins Australian Government Grant

Seed Change is delighted to announce that we have won a grant from the Australian Government through their Direct Aid Program (DAP) at the Australian High Commission in Kenya! This highly competitive grant is awarded annually for a once-off, small-scale development project that alleviates basic humanitarian hardship and has a direct developmental outcome. And the Australian

Uhuru Torch Visits Seed Change

On the 27th of July Seed Change was honoured to have the National Uhuru Torch visit our nursery. In Kiswahili ‘Uhuru’ means ‘Freedom’ and the national motto of Tanzania is Uhuru na Umoja – ‘Freedom and Unity’. The Torch race was started by Tanzania’s first President ‘Mwalimu’ Julius Nyerere. It travels around the country visiting each of Tanzania’s

The Science Is In: Seed Change Works

According to this recent article in The Economist, Seed Change’s model of tackling poverty is pretty close to the ideal. The article outlines recent work done by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo (and several others) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (who are also authors of the highly readable and informative Poor Economics of a few years

Posiano’s Story

In February 2015 we delivered our first trees to smallholders in Kigoma. A momentous occasion not just for us and the farmers but also the Kigoma region and, yes we’ll say it, Tanzania. This was the first time the highest quality oil palm trees in the world have made it to Kigoma and Tanzania. Jackson,

A New Nursery!

We’ve moved our nursery! Seed Change’s nursery is now located on the grounds of the Luiche Secondary School in Kamara Village. We are very lucky to be using this land as the Luiche School is centrally located to our program villages and is only 15 mins from Kigoma town (our previous nursery site was a

The Seeds Are Here!

After months of planning, building, researching, and a good bit of hoping, today we planted our first hybrid seeds in our newly constructed greenhouse. All the way from Costa Rica, the seeds enjoyed planes journeys from San Jose through Panama, Amsterdam, and Nairobi, to Bujumbura in Burundi. From there, a car ride to Kigoma followed, before overnighting (in my lounge room) in town before we chauffeured them to the...