Community development program – Commercial

FFF GOALS – KEY WORDS:

  • New and well-paid jobs
  • More food/high food security
  • Commercial successes
  • Community growth/development
  • Sustainability

COMMERCIAL PROGRAM (FFF)

The following Commercial program (FFF) are planned to be established the coming years in priorities agreed with smallholder and medium farmers.

F20 Group Farming

F20 Group Goat milk for Nutrition and Profit

Silos for maize storage

F20 Group Cow milk

F20 Group Farming. As written in the Statement of Commitment from FFF Advisory Board August 27., “FFF is currently preparing for a collective of twenty local farmers/ farming groups to be built up in 2020/2021. Through this partnership program, called F20 Group Farming, FFF intends to transform farming practice and efficiency well beyond its perimeter. FFF and its established commercial partners will train these selected neighboring farmers, sharing theyr expertis. A set of modern machinery, driven by a 95 hp tractor, and two key people (tractor driver and an agronomist), will be made available to these farms on agreed conditions. FFF will work close with Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in this project, in order to make sure that research results are made available, can be communicated and can inspire and be transferred to others.

The management of the 8 Villages around FFF, are looking at this program as the highest priority.

FFF seeks TADB  (Tanzania Agriculture Development Bank) for a loan on special condition, to be able to provide these services to the farming group to an extraordinary low price the first two years, and later ordinary commercial conditions, which must be win-win situation and a commercial successes for both parties.

FFF will closely monitor the progress of these farmers and drive the changes required. These farmers will then serve as exemplars within their own communities thereby positively impacting the practice on an even wider basis. F20, if successful will, of course inspire, and be repeated/transferred to others in the years to come. FFF is passionate about the imperative of smallholder commercialization in Tanzania. Smallholders need to move beyond mere subsistence farming and transition into running their farm as a business and producing, at least in part, for the market.”

FFF’s outreach program started already some time ago. Prior to planting in 2018, FFF worked together with local farmers in deciding what varieties of maize should be tested in the first year. The farmers benefited from the expertise of FFF and its partners and FFF certainly benefited from the local knowledge and experience of the local farmers. A key benefit of the cooperation between FFF, F20 Group Farming and local farmers is the reduction in input costs achieved by purchasing seed, fertilizer and other products, in bulk, for all 3 groups.

F20 Group Goat milk for Nutrition and Profit

The Iringa Region and the Kilolo Districk sees malnutrition as the biggest challenges together with the poverty in the area.

FFF, ASAS, SUA and Kibebe Farm are now developing a program for a F20 Group Goat milk for Nutrition and Profit. 

After selecting the families/farmers, together with the Villages representatives, the program starts with giving two milking goats to 20 families/farmers. One group around FFF and one group around the ASAS farm in Iringa. A good standard goat hose is part of the starting package, and also necessary training. After 2 ½ year it will be 5 milking goats.

A goat keeper from FFF and same from ASAS, will supervise the program, so to be a commercial success for the parties involved, and to have a very positive nutrition impact. 

Sokoine University of Agriculture has done a lot of important research work on goat milk, and ASAS are given high priority to nutrition in their products.

This goal for this Community development program is first to help on malnutrition and commercial successes for the families/farmers involved, and then inspire others so that the program can be transferred elsewhere – and scaled up and down.

Silos for maize storage.

Maize storage for up to 6 months or more is a way to commercial successes for FFF and stallholder and medium size farmer in the area.

The feedback from stallholder farmers already after first season training in 8 Villages, is that up to 80 of the farmers will adopt the training if they get some start help. They want from a loan from the bank to buy fertilizer, seed and crop protection material the first two years in their building up to commercial farming.

With the training they get from FFF/ACE, they will produce much more, and they want to sell their maize and they want help to the market.

Silos at FFF, the banks see this as an extra security for their loans to the farmers.

Based on the abouve, FFF are in dialog with shareholders that want to earmark part of their investment in FFF to such silos.

F20 Cow milk. Will be developed at a later stage


Other commercial programs. Technology training for commercial farmers and Dairy training are program to be developed at a later stage.

TRAINING PROGRAM (ACE)

The following Training program (ACE) has started/are under development by the FFF’s training arm, the NGO: Agronomic for Community Development (ACE):

Women for the Future

Farmers for the Future

Youth for the Future

Children`s farm at FFF

The unique model to end poverty – Commercial farming and training on the same arena, works together as a team, but are financially separated in a commercial company and an NGO – None-governmental organization. 

Women for the Future

Firs group of 20 young mothers started February 2019 in a three years Pilot development program, sponsored by Team Ueland, Norway. Next group in an upgraded program will start later 2020. This program will increase their skills especially in horticulture, nutrition, poultry, business/entrepreneurship, self-awareness, gender issues – and legal rights.

Farmers for the Future

Training of 500 smallholder farmer in 8 villages around FFF started in September 2019. A demonstration plots in each of the 8 villages, was part of the package. This was done in cooperation with commercial partners like Yara, Seed Co, Syngenta and the different villages. The individual farmers that are part of the village group will gain invaluable experience and knowledge by being part of this demo plot. They will work hand in hand with FFF and its partners in developing and maintaining these plots. FFF are using their machinery to prepare the ½ acre demo plots in the 8 villages, and ACE are coordinate the training together with FFF partners. The number of villages will be increased after getting experience from the 8 first. 

20 % of the farmers adopted the training already first planting season, and many more will follow the day they get a loan for their soil renovation and conservation practices.

Youth for the Future

FFF has already got some very good experience by having student from the Sokoine University for Agriculture (SUA) and our neighbor, the MT. Maria Goretti Agriculture Training Institute, on the farm as part of their studies. The number of external students will increase when the accommodation facilities in the new Headquarter are established.

FFF sees the commercial farm, the 4-commercial program, and the training programs handled by ACE, to be a very good inspiration arena for youths from the hole Iringa and other parts of Tanzania. To stay at FFF for some 2 days, for some education, some training, and meet young mothers, smallholder farmers and goat milk families will give important inspiration for their future. 

FFF are seeking an international partner specialized in youth program.

Children`s farm at FFF.

The goal is to awake the interest and grow the knowledge in Agriculture to the children’s in Ilula, so that they in the future can see farming as a way to commercial successes. 

The plan is to build a small “children’s farm at FFF”, and the bring by a FFF bus all Kindergartens and Primary schools’ classes to FFF, two full days a year with 6 months different. One class a day from morning to the afternoon..

At the children’s farm, they will be met by two teachers. The day will start to clean for the animals, collect eggs, do some milking, and thereafter make some food. At the end of the day, they bring with them a seed to be watered and to grow in their Kindergarten/Primary school. The children should be so excited after the day so that they want to bring their parents back to the farm in the weekend.

Collection of funds has started in Kindergartens and Primary schools in Norway. The plan is to build the Children`s farm as soon as funds are made available.