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Our farmers have an average income of $275 per year – that’s only $5 a week – a meagre amount to support an average family size of seven. There are over 30,000 oil palm farmers in Kigoma.

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.

If you want to learn more about the region where we work read here.
Learn about our engagement with women farmers.