Seed Change’s operations are based in the Kigoma region of western Tanzania. Once an important slave trading port, Kigoma is now a quiet, lakeside town. Farmers in Kigoma have been cultivating oil palm for over 100 years with over 80% of the population directly reliant on agriculture for their livelihood.
Seed Change builds on the local knowledge and expertise of our farmers to strengthen the oil palm industry in the region. In 2018, the Tanzanian government began investing in Kigoma’s oil palm industry to increase production and meet national demand without relying on imports from Indonesia and Malaysia. We advise officials in the Tanzania Agriculture Research Centre (TARI) on how to best scale up production while still meeting the needs of smallholder communities and protecting the local environment. Our oil palm agroforestry approach allows farmers to increase production while increasing incomes and meeting household nutritional requirements. Our commitment to zero land-use conversion means we work exclusively on previously existing farmland, not in the forests.