A bad year in the fields can mean uncertainty about having enough food to feed a farming family. Food insecurity is a worry for many small-scale farmers in the Mtwara and Lindi regions of Tanzania, where 87 per cent of the population engages in rain-fed agriculture.
The Aga Khan Foundation’s Coastal Rural Support Programme is working with rice and sesame farmers and farmers’ organizations to explore new techniques to improve their harvests. We are contributing by scaling up agricultural extension services through the radio, ensuring that farmers receive important technical information, guidance on fighting pests and tips on new innovations in rice and sesame farming. Our radio partner is Pride FM, whose agricultural program also provides market information, as well as a platform for farmers to discuss and share experiences.