Last week 1001 Organic travelled to the Morogoro region in mainland Tanzania. Visiting local spice farmers was the purpose of our visit. Our main interest was in exploring local production methods for black pepper. The visit was organized by Mr. Ernest Likoko of MVIWATA, a nationwide network of small-scale farmers which headquarters are located in Morogoro.
The trees are cut at a height of 2,5 metres and the pepper plants grow along the branches. After some time a small pepper bush has grown. This method facilitates harvesting and increases yield compared to the traditional production method, up in the trees of the forest which is still applied for example in Zanzibar.
This very interesting field visit was finished at Kinole marketplace. The marketplace was built by MVIWATA in 2004 and strengthens the position of small-scale farmers towards buyers because they can bundle their goods in higher quantities here. Spices like cinnamon and black pepper and a great variety of fruits and staple foods like cassava and potatoes are available here.