In three years working with Farm Concern International (FCI) under the Domestic Markets Regional Programme supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Daniel Lekwana has purchased a second-hand Massey Ferguson tractor worth TZS 13 Million (USD 6,270.26) and paid over TZS 3 million (USD 1,446.98) in school fees for his children! Daniel Lekwama is a smallholder farmer from Arusha, Tanzania. Before he met FCI, he could not sufficiently cater for his family. His narrative changed in July 2012 when he attended a nutritional training forum conducted by FCI on cultivation of Traditional African Vegetables (TAVs) at Majimoto Commercial Village.
It is after this training that twenty farmers came together to form Kitumo Sonte Commercial Producer Group (CPG) in order to leverage on collective action. FCI enabled their capacity by facilitating their access to high quality seeds and planting materials which led to improved crop quality and production.
In November 2012, Daniel’s seed multiplication venture began when FCI linked him to Kibo Seed; an input supplier company that does verification and quality assurance before selling seeds to farmers. He was able to reproduce the tomato seeds (Tanya) on his two acre farm and made TZS1.75M (USD 1122.11). His investment yielded extra income when he cultivated an additional two acres of tomato seed in October 2013, harvesting 308kg that he sold to Kibo at TZS 38,000 (USD 24.41) per kg making a total amount of TZS 11,704,000 (USD 7518.42). In 2014, he sold 424kg of tomato seeds and generated an income of TZS 16, 145, 200 (USD 9491.76).
FCI VISION : To have commercialized smallholder communities with increased incomes for improved, stabilized & sustainable livelihoods in Africa and beyond