TGFA is a registered civil society organization whose membership base constitute of highly learned, capable, and experienced and aspirants for developing commercial farming and agribusiness value chains in Tanzania. The Association was founded in 2000 and registered in 2002. Membership also comprises agricultural consultants (researchers), agribusiness and rural development practitioners, role model farmers and agro-entrepreneurs and other key players with experience in agriculture and agribusiness value chains.
The word ‘graduate’, as it appears on the title, does not strictly mean that one has to have university degree, rather a catch word that connotes a paradigm shift in thinking, especially in the developing countries, that farming is largely for the unprivileged, less educated and poor people in rural areas towards a new thinking that farming can only be meaningful and actual backbone of the economy if and only if the highly learned, capable (in terms of finances and other resources) and inspired individuals in urban areas embark into it even as part-timers. It also aims to send a message to youngsters, graduates and college students that farming should not be taken as a last resort rather as a priority area for self-employment and subsequent wealth creation if done better. In this case TGFA pays more attention to practicing graduates/ professionals and use them as role models of best practices. It comprises people from all segments of agriculture value chains such as cereals, horticulture, livestock, agro forestry, agro tourism, aquaculture, research, business development, etc.