The Project

The project’s aim is to improve food security for local families and potentially provide income.  Fr Andrew Mutubusi, a Priest from the Meru District, in Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania, has requested an Agriculture Mentor to assist local farmers sustainably diversify and increase their corn and bean yields.

“We need someone who can help in management of flood irrigation and in growing corn and beans etc.  In particular we need someone who can help in management of the effective and efficient usage of the water through flood irrigation.”

The Location

Mbuguni  [population of 16,130] is situated within the Meru District, 43 kilometres from Arusha.  Meru is one of seven districts of Arusha, Tanzania.  Meru District council is bordered to the north by Longido District, to the east by Kilimanjaro Region, to the south by Manyara Region, and to the west by Arusha Rural District and Arusha Urban District. The administrative capital of the council is Usa River.  According to the 2012 Tanzania National Census, the population of Meru District council was 268,144.

The Challenge

The primary issue for farmers is poor farming yields.  It is believed these can be overcome and offer potential to grow if the following can be addressed:

  • Poor land levelling
  • Poor water drainage.
  • Water wastage during irrigation due to poor flood irrigation methods

About You

The applicant will need to demonstrate:

  • Qualification and/or experience in agriculture, agribusiness or farming
  • Experience with training and mentoring
  • Experience in farm management and income generation
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Willingness to work in Tanzania for one to two years
  • Willingness to engage their Australian community in promoting the work of the host organisation and their role.

How You Will Help

Through your overseas placement you will contribute to development of local skills that will increase opportunity for increased food security and successful farming income generation. The successful candidate will assist local farmers to:

  • Develop knowledge and skills in effective, sustainable farming practices and management that will assist to increase crop yields.
  • Recognise the economic and nutritional benefits of creating sustainable agriculture processes within their community.
  • Manage an income-generating farm that supports local families and community


Note: The monthly living allowance enables you to live a modest local lifestyle. Based on the cost of living in a particular country, it covers food, your daily commute, communication and other local costs. It is not set to enable you to meet financial commitments at home, such as a mortgage or a personal loan.  It will not cover the costs of eating out and other entertainment. Read more about what is covered in our FAQ.

To find out more or to apply, please contact Roger O’Halloran, Executive Director, on 02 9560 5333 or at [email protected].

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