The Great African Food Company (GAFCo) is striving to empower families and reverse the effect of poverty, one generation at a time. Our mission is to uplift children and their families out of poverty by connecting smallholder farmers to high quality inputs, financial services, crop insurance, good agricultural practices, and global markets. We are operating in a three-in-one partnership, working with World Vision Tanzania and Vision Fund Tanzania to bring our project to scale.
We envision an Africa where smallholder farmers are primary participants in feeding the world, and where their children are direct benefits of their improved income. Currently our farmers span throughout Tanzania, reaching over 4,000 smallholder farmers. Our goal for Tanzania is to raise the income of 155,000 farmer households to at least twice the poverty level, impacting 775,000 children. In the next 5 to 7 years we plan to expand our reach in East Africa by recruiting small-holder farmers throughout Africa, as our model is proven.
GAFCo works with smallholder farmers through forward contracts and providing a full-service platform including high quality inputs, best practices training in conservation agriculture, rotational crops, guaranteed crop purchase price, finance, crop and life insurance, access to global markets and the opportunity to expand their farming business through mechanized services. Along with supporting smallholder farmers, GAFCo provides full-service forward contracts, including crop insurance, to nearly 200 station farmers with 50 to 200 acres. GAFCo provides mechanized services for these larger farmers. These station farmers give the small-holder farmers something to aspire to. GAFCo wants to break the cycle of poverty, by giving individuals and families the resources and opportunity to better their future.
Another way that we invest in our farmers is through offering classes on farming organically. Our small planet nourishes us all and is why GAFCo is committed to organic farming practices that eliminate the use of toxic chemical pesticides, reducing the use of chemical fertilizers and a focus on increasing soil organic matter to improve soil characteristics and sequester CO2. Nature provides countless lessons in how to control insects and plant diseases. We strive to take nature's examples and apply them to our farming systems.
We hope that our greatest impact will be on the wellbeing of the children. This is why we start every season with a farmer’s survey to collect Progress out of Poverty and child-well being data. By asking these questions, we can track the impact that increased income has made on the children, and their progress out of poverty.