Janet Maro is not a woman to be messed with. Of the Chagga tribe in northern Tanzania, and fiercely proud of it, she started farming on the slopes of Kilimanjaro (famous for its rich volcanic soil and hundreds of small, successful vegetable farmers) with her family. She says: “I’m basically a farmer. All I am doing is building on traditional Chagga knowledge, what my grandmother taught me, and bringing it up to date.”

She’s not even 35, but her achievements (though she doesn’t brag) are impressive. She has serious international funding and she has the ears of donors who are desperate to find ...


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