Date: Wednesday Jun 10, 2020

    Organiser: ESRF & AFRICAP

    Place: Tanga Region

    The Four-year Project AFRICAP which is coordinated by Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) in Tanzania has so far benefited more than 800 small farmers in various places in Tanga region where this project is being implemented.

    In its second year of implementation, the success has been clearly seen as well as witnessed by different small farmers in Lushoto and Muheza Districts in Tanga region. The success was eye marked during the study tour which involved participants from Tanzania Forestry Research Institute (TAFORI), representatives from farmers’ groups in project areas, Tanzania Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (TCSAA), Extension Officers from Muheza and Lushoto Districts.

    Others were from Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) Mlingano Tanga and Selian Arusha as well as representatives from University of Leeds.

    Mr. Sylvester Mziray – the Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) focal person at Usambara Mountain evidenced that farmers in these areas of project used to getting low yields due to local and poor farming practices. He mentioned that soil erosion was one of severe challenges which led to poor yields.

    Mr. Mziray said that the Integrated Approach for Climate Change Adaptation (IACCAP) intervention which is supported by the GCRF – AFRICAP has made agricultural revolution in these project areas to an extent yields have increased significantly.

    The Project-built capacity to farmers on modern agriculture methods, such as soil and water techniques so as to combat soil erosion which jeopardize agriculture development in the areas of project. The “Fanya juu” terrace technique has become one of pillars of agricultural tactics in slope areas.

    In substantiating the success farmers from project areas said, the introduction of Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) techniques, which embraces the usage of improved seed varieties, appropriate methods of preparing areas for cultivation, the use of fertiliser and pesticides have assisted them to build resilience to their crops and improve their income.

    Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) techniques have enabled farmers to produce more yield for their respective families and surplus is sold for enhancing households’ incomes.

    Last updated on 2020-07-17

ESRFs activities are supported by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC)