Bringing new smallholder farmers into barley supply chains
In Tanzania, there have historically been limitations to growing barley such as the lack of modern farming techniques, basic farming equipment and variable rainfall patterns. These challenges led Tanzania Breweries (TBL) to establish a local farming programme in 2010 with the aim to increase the local production of barley by providing support and education for smallholder farmers.
At the beginning, ten new smallholder farmer groups were involved with some 170 smallholder farmers in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. Now, the local sourcing programmes involve 300 smallholders and about 200 commercial barley farmers.