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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The four-year initiative dubbed ‘SeFaMaCo,’ short for ‘Seed-Farmer-Markets Consumer,’ funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will be implemented by the Farm Concern International (FCI) which also works in three countries.
A PROGRAMME aiming to assist banana and sweet potato growers in Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia in securing reliable markets was launched here, targeting to benefit nearly 100,000 families in Tanzania alone.
Speaking at the official launch of the project, the SeFaMaCo programme manager, Mr Winston Mwombeki, said that the project is geared to boost production of the two crops in the targeted areas, adding that the programme will benefit a total of 94,000 households or about 500,000 people between them.
According to Mwombeki, the targeted regions for sweet potatoes under SeFaMaCo include Kagera, Mwanza, Morogoro and Zanzibar, while in Uganda the project will be implemented in Kamuli, Soroti, Gulu and Lira. In Ethiopia SeFaMaCo will make scene in Wolaita, Sidama and Gamogofa.