Tanzania

In Tanzania, Vi Agroforestry is working in the regions of  Kagera and Musoma.

In 2015:

  • 633,993 long-term trees were planted
  • Rows of hedges and avenues were planted on a stretch equivalent to 105,235 metres
  • Vi Agroforestry worked with 14,980 households and 924 farmer groups
  • 16,240 households participated in training relating to the effects of climate change
  • 4,184 households used alternative energy sources such as biogas, solar and briquette
  • 3,058  families participated in training about the importance of growing a variety of crops and how to get adequate nutrition to their diet
  • 2,162 farmers began using methods and structures that controls soil erosion
  • 169 farmers’ organisations and groups were trained in HIV and Aids and how to assist infected and affected members

 

Vi Agroforestry contributes to reduced poverty through sustainable agriculture adapted to climate change. The main method is agroforestry, where trees and crops are planted together and integrated with livestock. The target group consists of female and male small-holder farmers who are members or potential members of farmers’ groups, associations or cooperatives.

Agroforestry methods enable farmers to increase and diversify their production. It helps to not only cover the families’ food needs but also to generate a surplus that can be sold. Vi Agroforestry supports market-oriented production through capacity building and advisory services, and the farmers also helped to set up their own savings and credit associations.

Vi Agroforestry addresses climate change as the effects of climate change are particularly pronounced in Africa, making food production insecure. New knowledge strengthens the farmers’ capacity to adapt to climate change through sustainable farming methods adapted to climate change.

Through the Children and Youth component within Vi Agroforestry’s main programme, boys and girls in primary and secondary schools learn about agroforestry.  One of the focus areas of the component is to enhance and deepen the awareness around sustainable farming where the children can play an important role in supporting environmental friendly techniques.

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