Our vision is to create a society in which young people and their communities are empowered with the capacity to increase agricultural productivity – critical, we maintain, to reducing youth unemployment and poverty. Reaching into rural Tanzania, we provide disadvantaged youth with a path toward personal development and a way to contribute to the well-being of their families, communities, culture, and the nation.
Based in Mwanza Region in Northern Tanzania, Kaima Tanzania Farm follows the unique pedagogic/vocational model pioneered by Amutat Kaima, an Israeli NGO also supported by Matanel, which promotes youth empowerment through employment and sustainable agricultural practices. Having studied a number of local and international approaches to reducing youth poverty, our founders determined that Kaima’s approach, whereby farm profits are reinvested into the educational enterprise, strongly reflects our philosophy of emphasizing sustainability over subsistence.
Established in 2017, Kaima Tanzania Farm works with local teens and young adults (aged 15-24, many of whom have left school) from disadvantaged backgrounds in rural Tanzania. Using our prototype farm, we teach improved agricultural techniques and supply chain technologies; offer youth empowerment, environmental conservation, and community capacity building; and run entrepreneurship and business development courses, all of which can help create local employment opportunities.
Our young farmers process, package and sell the farm’s harvest (including staple vegetables) to local schools, hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, hospitals and other customers. Participants earn a salary for their role in the serious running of the farm, learn important skills, help sustain our activities and come to understand the value of agricultural endeavor as a viable, attractive, and profitable profession.