Growing is Learning

By CARE Australia May 30, 2018 6 comments

Nearly half the population of Tanzania lives below the poverty line. Despite working long hours in the field, women farmers find it incredibly difficult to produce enough nutritious food for their families.

Thanks to your generosity, CARE has established the Growing is Learning project, in which women farmers are trained in the production of soy.

Soy is a highly nutritious, climate change-resistant crop, which enriches the health of the soil, helping other crops to grow as well.

Otavina (64) is a leader in her community. She’s been nominated as a Growing is Learning project champion because she helps teach other women in her community how to work with the soy, which she has used to help diversify her crops.

When she took part in the training, Otavina learned new planting techniques, as well as how the food she feeds her family affects their health.

“I learned a lot — if you eat soy you get good fats. Famine is an issue here for many people and we need assistance.”


Why soy?

Soy is nutritious, profitable, resilient to climate change, and only takes 12 weeks to grow, making it a perfect year-round crop to farm.

It also improves the health of the soil around it, so farmers can grow different types of crops in the same plot of land — helping to diversify the diets of their families.

CARE staff members, along with leaders like Otavina, teach soy planting in demonstrations to women farmers across 11 villages in Tanzania.

The project gives women soy seeds for planting, as well as educating and training on farming techniques, sustainability, gender equality in the home and the community, and access to markets.

Thanks to donors like you, Growing is Learning is providing women farmers with the soy seeds for planting, training them to farm efficiently, and even connecting them to local markets so they can sell their surplus in bulk.

In just 12 weeks they will have enough to make nutritious meals for their families, and can start earning an income.

Thank you so much for helping improve these women’s lives!

Click here to read more about our work with rural women in Tanzania.

Photos © Timothy Buckley/CARE

6 Comments Leave new

Lisi Tia Jul 12 2018 at 05:07

I like to continue to donate pls email details..its good to see and know where it goes.I dont hv much but God is love.

CARE Australia Jul 12 2018 at 05:07

Hi Lisi, Thank you for your interest in donating to CARE Australia. To make a donation please visit, alternatively you can contact our Donor Support team on 1800 020 046. Thank you, CARE Australia

Tina Jul 12 2018 at 11:07

Is good to see them with a smile on their face I am glad that I share whatever I have with me to this people? even though I don't have that much, but I still willing to give something. Love to this beautiful people. May God Bless them. Also, thank the CARE Australia keep up the good work.

CARE Australia Jul 12 2018 at 03:07

Hi Tina, thank you for your comment. We really appreciate your on going support. Thank you, CARE Australia

Fiona Hamer May 31 2018 at 10:05

What type of soy seed is it? I'm assuming they can save seed and plant the following year, not have to purchase?

CARE Australia Jun 01 2018 at 09:06

Hi Fiona, thanks for your question. The seeds are non-GMO so can be replanted each year. Thank you, CARE Australia

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