Rachel Chezari is a maize farmer working in Dodoma, a city in the Ipagal district of Tanzania. Rachel is part of BRAC’s Livelihood Enhancement through Agricultural Development, or LEAD program. With the help of BRAC, Rachel makes about $450 a year, enough to support her three boys. She works in the maize fields and has been taught by BRAC how to use fertilizer to improve her crops and sell them at the market. Rachel is one of many entreprenuers trained and supported by BRAC with agriculture and livelihood training. Help more women like Rachel support their families and donate today!
BRAC's agriculture program works with governments to ensure food security while empowering local women farmers with the knowledge and skill they need to become successful entrepreneurs. We build systems of production, distribution and marketing of quality seeds at fair prices, conduct research to develop better varieties and practices for the agricultural sector, offer credit support to poor farmers, and promote the use of efficient farming techniques and proven technologies. Using environmentally sustainable practices, we are helping the countries where we work become self-sufficient in food production.
This is exactly what we hope to do in Tanzania. With this particular project, we are training agriculture extension workers and equipping them with the tools and inputs they need to make the communities food secure. BRAC-trained agricultural workers will in turn be training thousands of small-holder, women farmers to create sustainable livelihoods and improve nutrition at the grassroots level.
Increased incomes and farm productivity will allow women farmers to send their children to school, to afford healthcare and to deal with financial shocks to the household. Please make a donation to this amazing project to give women farmers the opportunity to be self-sustaining.
Through some introductory funding from other partners, BRAC has begun implementing this agriculture development project in Tanzania. A total of 105 local staff have been recruited who will soon become experts in agriculture and veterinary services in their communities. Additionally, BRAC has set baseline goals in 40 branch offices that span 15 regions of the country.
BRAC staff has also conducted preliminary studies of access to finance markets and has developed an agricultural loan product to assist small farmers once they have all been recruited from the communities in which we are operating.
Now is your chance to contribute to this project that is sure to have a positive impact on food security and nutrition within the communities that BRAC serves!
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