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Tanzania Tanzania Hanang

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Implementing Organization

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)

Program Summary

Located in the Manyara region of Tanzania, this program was established when five Village Savings and Lending groups requested that local partner One World Sustainable Livelihood help them to address their needs and priorities in improving food security, livelihoods and gender equity. The area did not have adequate extension services and farmers lacked knowledge of sustainable farming methods.

The program is helping farmers to gain knowledge and experience in conservation agriculture, farmer managed natural regeneration, rainwater harvesting, kitchen vegetable gardening, and poultry keeping. Conservation agriculture helps to improve soil health and increase crop production, while farmer managed natural regeneration helps to increase vegetation, wild consumable fruits and fuelwood.  Families are harvesting rainwater for home consumption.  Chickens and vegetables are improving family nutrition and providing income for women.

Update from the Field - Tanzania Hanang

Success Stories

REDUCING RISK WITH CONSERVATION AG

Daudah’s husband scoffed at her when she wanted to try Conservation Agriculture practices on their farm. A year later, he asked her to train him.

Daudah is a member of a Village Savings and Lending Association. She says members help each other save money and share advice and experience with one another. The group has received training on rainwater harvesting and storage, vegetable gardening, and a number of Conservation Agriculture techniques like composting and mulching.

When Daudah asked her husband to let her try them out, he assured her it was a waste of time, but relented and gave her a piece of land far from home. She says, “My results were impressive. He could not believe it.”

He changed his mind about Conservation Agriculture, asking Daudah’s help to get him up to speed and expand the practice on their farm. Daudah says they are more united as a couple now that they are working together with the same techniques toward the same goal.

Local Partner One World Sustainable Livelihood provides a wide range of opportunities for local farm households like Daudah’s to build their capacity for food and water security. In this area of the country folks don’t have reliable sources of water and face many other challenges to growing sufficient food. These include unpredictable rains, poor soil health, long dry seasons, unsustainable farming practices, and lack of agriculture extension services. The most recent harvest season’s poor results due to drought have caused many to consider farmers to consider dead-end coping strategies like cutting trees to sell as firewood, buying seed at extortionate rates, or even selling the farm to pay off debts and face the perils of moving to the city for work.

One World may offer emergency food aid as the situation develops. It will also connect recipients with opportunities for loans and credit service providers to buy improved seeds, farm inputs, fertile land, and livestock. Access to affordable loans also permits families to pay for medical services, schools for their children, and the assistance of local water harvesting technicians.

Tanzania Hanang Program
Led by Mennonite Central Committee and Local Partner One World Sustainable Livelihood

Preventing Poultry Disease

Unuwas, after receiving training on vaccinating chickens against a devastating yet preventable disease, says, “Today I am very happy. I now have the answer to my questions on what kills our chickens, and I have the solution as well.”

The most recent rainy season in Tanzania’s northeast was very short, causing significant reductions in farm yields. Additionally, a poultry virus called Newcastle Disease brought a high mortality rate among local flocks. Uncertainty over what caused the losses brought their owners sadness and a feeling of hopelessness. Many women gave up on raising chickens altogether, afraid of losing them before they reached marketable size and weight. Until the program offered training about the disease and the vaccine to prevent it, they just did not know what to do.

Lack of extension services, unpredictable rains, poor soil health, long dry spells, and unsustainable farming practices all contribute to food and water insecurity in the district. Mennonite Central Committee and local partner One World and are working with communities on a range of strategies to improve lives and livelihoods, including Conservation Agriculture training, Village Savings and Lending groups, and paying for the services of a Water Harvesting Technician. Despite the challenges of starting the program during a global pandemic and the deaths of the program’s director and the country’s president, there is cause to celebrate. Over 100 farmers (mostly women) who raise chickens now have a way to prevent Newcastle Disease.

Tanzania Hanang Program
Led by Mennonite Central Committee and Local Partner One World Sustainable Livelihood 

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