2012 YALI Alumna Jacqueline Mkindi returned home to Tanzania with renewed drive to promote agricultural development in her country. As CEO of the Tanzania Horticultural Association, she works to help increase farmers’ incomes, improve food security, boost nutrition, and to grow agricultural industry to create thousands of new pre- and post-harvest jobs. Currently, TAHA has 212 member-companies representing about 10,000 smallholder farmers.
Under Jackie's leadership, TAHA played a crucial role in persuading the Government of Tanzania to waive the 18 percent VAT placed on airfreight for horticulture goods, allowing Tanzanian businesses to become more competitive while increasing their earnings. TAHA has also engaged with the Government of Kenya, successfully cutting the road-toll fee in half and removing Kenya’s import ban on cut roses so that Tanzanian horticulture firms can increase exports.
Jacqueline has also raised TAHA to be one of USAID Feed the Future Initiative's Implementing Partners, and in December 2012, they received a significant grant to expand the horticulture industry into the Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) region. In January 2013, TAHA's agricultural programs were highlighted in an African food-security focused press tour led by David Lane, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN Food Agencies in Rome.