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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

Catching up with John Ibrahim

In March we talked to John Ibrahim about his experience as a Seed Change farmer. Joining our program in November 2014, John completed our eight-month farmer training program and received seedlings from our nursery, which are now a few months shy of three years old. When we last spoke to him he talked about overcoming

Seed Nursery Seminar

What’s better than one oil palm nursery growing 60,000 high yielding seedlings for the smallholders of Kigoma? How about five oil palm nurseries growing 60,000 high yielding seedlings for the smallholders of Kigoma? Did someone say ten nurseries?! Well, maybe not yet, but we’ve recently made the first few steps in that direction. With the support of our

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,

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

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,

Sustainable Palm Oil Certification

Exciting news! We’ve been selected to pilot test a smallholder specific approach to High Conversation Value (HCV) area assessment. Conducting an HCV assessment is the major requirement to obtaining recognition as certified sustainable by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Once we have completed the assessment, Seed Change will be well on the way