Helping people get out of poverty. That is what gets us up in the morning. There are many ways this could be achieved and poverty can certainly take many forms. But in a region where over 80% of people directly rely on agriculture for their income, improving agricultural production must be a priority.
Kigoma is blessed with reliable rainfall and fertile soil. Palm oil trees are native to the region and prosper in western Tanzania. There are more than 30,000 oil palm farming families in the region with incomes hovering around $1 per day. With strong growth in demand for palm oil products all over the world, developing the smallholder palm oil industry in Kigoma is a clear path to prosperity.
We have the opportunity to build an industry based on smallholder families, not large agricultural multinationals. An industry that integrates world-class environmental standards from the beginning, not tacked on as an afterthought or retrofitted to tick a box. We give smallholders the chance to drastically improve their income – by over 1,000% – while simultaneously learning how to protect their environment and develop sustainably. Our trees yield at this high level for 25+ years, allowing families to break the cycle of poverty they have been trapped in for generations.
Widespread adoption of our high-yielding trees and trainings will shift the industry equilibrium from its current subsistence level to a virtuous cycle of re-investment and growth. Current farming returns are insufficient to meet anything more than the most basic needs – food, housing, clothing. The returns possible from our high-yielding trees allow farmers to invest in machinery, fertiliser, health, education – a better future. Our trees enable the industry to find a new, more prosperous equilibrium. Our trainings make sure this transition occurs sustainably.
Read our Theory of Change to gain an in-depth understanding of our approach.