Tanzanian farmers acquire modern skills for higher yieldsListen /
Twenty-two thousand subsistence farmers in rural Zanzibar, an island off the cost of Tanzania, are reaping the benefits of higher yields by acquiring new skills and techniques, according to the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development.
IFAD has set up farmer field schools managed by smallholder farmers who share new research and technologies and incorporate them in their farming activities.
Some schools provide training in cultivating bananas, paddy rice, cassava or vegetables, while others focus on livestock husbandry.
IFAD followed a number of these "apprentice" farmers over three years to see the impact that this education has had on their lives.
Joanne Levitan has the story.