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Crop Growing Training

Tamarind takes small groups of 12 farmers (120 per year) for a fortnight and provides a holistic program covering crop growing and animal husbandry, delivered in the local Acholi dialect.


The Tamarind Training Farm is a working farm divided into 1/2 acre sections where different small crops are grown such as millet, beans, sweet potatoes, potatoes, ground nuts (peanuts) and maize. Farmers attend daily and are taught and shown modern methods and better ways to increase the yield of each of the crops, from how to choose better seeds, when and how to spray for pests, to the best fertilisers like chicken manure, and irrigation methods.


They learn and understand quality control. Working alongside Tamarind staff in the field helps them understand how better farming practices for different types of crop means more yield at harvest time.


Farmers return to their own land and implement this knowledge and skill on a larger scale, and both increase and specialise their yield. In the past, these same farmers had been mixing crops in their fields which resulted in the plants fighting for nutrients and therefore a low harvest to feed their families.  With new knowledge and skills, farmers are able to maximise the yield, moving towards a commercial venture rather than a subsistence one, which will bring long term benefits to their families.

Farmers are assessed and supported by Local Council Leaders who follow up to see the implementation of the practices at home. 

Tamarind employs local people to work on the Training Farm, and uses the crops grown to feed the staff and farmers. Workers are paid either a fair local wage or may undertake a seed loan program instead. 

harvested corn next to bucket
hand holds a pile of grain

Guiding locals through commercial agricultural practices helps to restore farming knowledge and a mindset of sustainability in local people. This then helps break the poverty cycle, restoring the community.

It rebuilds skills, trades and knowledge that has been lost and forgotten, resourcing people so that they can stand on their own two feet and have the ability to feed themselves.

What do the farms produce?

  • Sorgum

  • G-nuts (peanuts)

  • Sesame seeds

  • Maize

  • Green grams

  • Eggplants

  • Cherry tomatoes

  • Herbs

  • Sweet Potatos

  • Pumpkins

  • Casava

  • Beans

  • Various local greens

  • Bananas

  • Mangos

  • Jack fruit

  • Lemons

  • Blackberries

  • Coffee

  • Avocados

  • Oranges

  • Guava

  • Passionfruit

Funding Goal

$24 000
per year

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