Dar es Salaam. For many years Athumani Mohamed Omolo, a smallholder farmer in Mtwara Rural District, couldn’t produce enough to feed his family. He wasn’t the only one, with many smallholder farmers in this district facing a four-month lean period year after year. It wasn’t until he received training from an Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)-trained lead farmer that he learned how to farm sustainably and increase productivity.
“My life now is not bad, whether it be in dry or wet season. Through vegetable production I was able to overcome absolute poverty and can now support my family,” says Athumani Mohamed. He declares that the positive change in his livelihood is due to his adoption of the good horticultural practices resulting in increased production and sale of vegetables. Today, Athumani Mohamed is able to not only provide enough food for his family, but also pay for school fees with the income from his farming.
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