Magazine article Anglican Journal

Sharing Seeds and Knowledge

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Sharing Seeds and Knowledge

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BEFORE PWRDF and the Diocese of Masasi began working in Ruponda, Tanzania, farmers like Joyce Mtauka had a hard time growing enough food to eat. With funding from the Government of Canada and PWRDF, the Diocese works with farmers like Joyce to teach them new farming techniques, to give them seed to start their crops, and to help them to organize themselves and act as leaders in their community.

"Before the project, we first had the problem of not having enough seeds at the right time," said Joyce. "But since the project, which is supported by PWRDF, we are no longer facing that kind of problem, because we, as farmers, are fully involved in growing and producing our own seeds."

The most valuable part for Joyce has been learning new farming techniques, and being able to give back to her community. "The knowledge which I have acquired has helped me to produce more food and now I have enough food. It helps me to reduce the problems of food, but also to earn income from selling surplus food," she said. …

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