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Rungwe Avocado Company Caroline Schmidt

Rungwe Avocado Company

Environmentally sustainable agriculture in Tanzania

Tags: Tanzania, East Africa, Ruaha, Rungwe Avocado Company, Sustainable Agriculture

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Descriptions & Plan

The southern highlands of Tanzania are an invaluable ecosystem—but may also prove fertile grounds for agriculture.

This region features the largest and most important montane grassland in Tanzania, making it a critical ecosystem. At the same time, the government of Tanzania has targeted this area for development as part of an agricultural corridor that will help increase Tanzania’s economy and food security. 

A sustainable agricultural enterprise and proper zoning here, however, will help stabilize land use. 

Smart investing will protect land and livelihoods. 

African Wildlife Foundation’s impact-investment subsidiary, African Wildlife Capital (AWC), provided a loan to the Rungwe Avocado Co. in Tanzania’s southern highlands, to support an environmentally sustainable growing and export project for avocados. Under the terms of the investment, and bound by AWC’s conservation covenants, Rungwe will intensify avocado production in a limited area while also engaging the agricultural services of local farmers, simultaneously increasing income to local communities and limiting agricultural sprawl. 

Avocados now benefit 2,000+ farmers.

One year after the AWC investment, more than 2,000 local farmers are directly growing avocados for Rungwe, with the goal to increase this to more than 5,000 outgrower farmers.

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