Promoting farmer entrepreneurship
TGFA is a registered civil society organization whose membership base constitute highly learned, capable, experienced and aspirants of becoming commercial farmers in Tanzania. Membership also comprises agricultural consultants (researchers) and retired people from the civil service sectors which deal with agriculture and agribusiness in general. The word ‘graduate’, as it appears on the title, does not strictly mean that one has to have university degree, rather a catch word that connotes a paradigm shift in thinking, especially in the developing countries, that farming is largely for the unprivileged, most less educated and poor people in rural areas towards a new thinking that farming can only be meaningful and actual backbone of the economy if and only if the highly learned, capable (in terms of finances and other resources) and inspired individuals in urban areas embark into it even as part-timers. It also aims to send a message to young graduates and university students that farming should not be taken as a last resort rather as a priority area for self-employment and subsequent wealth creation. In this case TGFA pays more attention to practicing graduates and or professionals and use them as models of best practices. It comprises people from all segments of agriculture such as livestock, tree planting, fish farming, etc.
To establish a strong professional farmers’ network that will guarantee large, medium and improve small scale farmers’ participation and representation in socio-economic and political decision making processes through advocacy.
The mission of TGFA is to inspire and mobilize highly learned cadre, youths and capable individuals to actively engage in commercial farming and Agribusiness enterprises.
As a member of TGFA one will benefit from the following direct and indirect benefits:
The main target group is the learned cadre, particularly Young graduates and Entrepreneurs, professionals, elites and Group of Agribusiness Men and Women who are engaged in farming and Agri business as their main source of income or hobby. Also it targets youths and youth groups, producer Groups and Associations who are in Food and Crop, Poultry, Livestock Keeping, Aqua culture, Agro forestry, Nutrition, Horticulture whether in small, medium and Large scale.
The overall objective of TGFA is to promote and actively engage the highly learned, capable, and most important, interested individuals and groups into commercial farming, with emphasis on advocacy and proactive use of value adding knowledge and technologies generated by research and development (R&D) centres within and outside Tanzania thereby translating Agriculture, agribusiness and Entrepreneurship theories into practice.
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