Beating the drought
Meet Joseph, Community Sales Leader for Agrics in a small village in the north of Tanzania. "Every evening the men in this village come together for coffee and a chat", Joseph begins his story. "We talk about politics and agriculture and we joke around a lot. But lately there was one topic we spoke about most: the severe drought the whole region was facing."
Joseph is a father of three. He knows how important a good harvest is. "I used to have a few cows that I had to sell to be able to send my children to school. Since I work with Agrics' farm inputs my harvest has increased significantly. I have more than enough maize now, one part I keep for our family to eat, the other part I sell for an income. We can now make a proper living from farming. As a Community Sales Leader I also visit other Agrics farmers in our region. Last year another 225 smallholders started to use Agrics inputs here. I see a lot of different plots and outputs and can tell what difference quality seeds and fertilizer can make. Despite this seasons' severe drought Agrics farmers have very reasonable outputs."
On the left: a plot where traditional seeds were used. On the right: hybrid maize seeds and fertilizer have beat the drought.