SAT’s Uluguru Spice Project (USP) is an affiliated project of the 10YFP SFS Programme
SAT: Impacting the Organic Movement Worldwide
Mexico, Denmark, Scotland, Germany, India, Israel and Tanzania. What do those countries have in common? The answer is not obvious.
All the above-mentioned countries have organizations or people who are finalists in the One World Award (OWA). The OWA is the most prestigious international accolade from the Organic movement.
Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) holds the continents flag high as one of the seven finalists.
Adrian’s Top 4 Technologies on offer at Nane Nane
Adrian Barnabas is one of the many Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) facilitators presenting to customers at the annual Nane Nane exhibition.
The mission towards an organic future is one which is close to his heart. He has been working at SAT for 2 years now, starting out as an intern and now part of the permanent staff. He shared with us his top 4 personal favorite technologies that SAT is showcasing at Nane Nane.
Health is Wealth: SAT’s mission at Nane Nane
Staying healthy in mind and body is a result of many things. The amount of exercise we do, the genes that have been passed on in our family, frequent medical check-ups and perhaps most importantly what we put in our body.
Not only regarding the foods we eat, but also regarding how those foods are made and processed. “Staying healthy is the beginning of everything”, insists Adrian Barnabas, one of SATs facilitators.
We proudly present our Annual Report 2019. Lots of visual updates, figures and graphics. and of course all the information about our projects and activities. We are grateful to our partners and collaborators for making
2019 such an impactful year. Enjoy the read!
After almost ten years of SAT´s foundation we think it is time to change our visual appearance. For this reason, we designed a new logo. We hope you like it!
This year, the annual joint meeting of the 29 Agriculture Training Institutes (ATIs) took place in Morogoro from 29th to 30th of June. For SAT this meeting also meant an important next step for the Curriculum Implementation Support for Training Institutes project, as presentations about the project’s progress were made to the Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Agriculture and all ATI Principles.
Each year the Workshop for Participatory Research Design connects farmers or pastoralists with young researchers and thus initiates a new cycle of the Farmer Centred Research Programme. Together they try to find solutions for current challenges in the agricultural sector.
At the end of February, Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania hosted as part of the Farmers & Pastoralists Collaboration project a workshop on agroforestry systems in dryland areas.
Currently, the demand for cardamom on the market is very high. Therefore, Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania offered an agroecological training on the spice as part of the Uluguru Spice Project.
Alexander Wostry was interviewed by Biovision (Foundation for Ecological Development) early April about the current situation in Tanzania: Which preliminary measures have been introduced to prepare for the global SARS-CoV-2 (better known as COVID-19) pandemic.
More than 50% of Tanzanian small scale farmers are women. The majority of them practice subsistence farming. They do not yield enough to generate income and they rarely own land. However, through capacity building in sustainable farming and entrepreneurship their situation can quickly improve.
>>Read what has happened in only one year.
They are neither farmers nor pastoralists. The 30 women from Nguvu Kazi group are succesful savers, clever investors, and wonderful cooks. They perfectly fit into the system of agroecology that ensures food security and decent livelihoods.
>>This link takes you to their story.
Video Documentary on Ecological Organic Agriculture in Tanzania
This 15-minute documentary takes you to different stakeholders of Tanzania’s agroecological movement. Listen to farmers who practise organic agriculture and to consumers who chose to buy these products. Hear what the movement already has achieved and what effort we still need to make. Learn how agroecology economically makes sense.
SAT Annual Report 2018
Browse our report and pick out some of the subjects. Whether you’re interested in a particular project or service, the situation of agriculture in Tanzania in general, the way we ensure quality, or in financial aspects of SAT, you’ll surely find content that matches your area of interest.
How Pastoralists Spread Their Agroecological Skills
Pendo Ndemo is a young Masai woman and part of our pastoralist-to-pastoralist facilitator network. She’s been disseminating skills that have positively changed the livelihoods of fellow herders. Cultivating fodder grasses, as well as hay baling, animal breeding, saving and lending, and even crop farming, which is undisputably revolutionary for pastoralists, are activities Pendo promotes. Read how her work helps to improve the incomes and the nutritional situation of pastoralist families.
Breakthrough for Organic Agriculture in Education
Organic Farming will be one of the new modules taught to all students of agriculture at 29 agricultural training institutes in Tanzania. These institutes will put into practise revised compendiums that signpost a remarkable step towards more sustainability and equality in this vital economic sector. Students will profit from six completely new modules that comprise ecological and socio-economical aspects. SAT has been playing a crucial role in the implementation of this project. Read more…
Get Your PhD and Contribute to More Sustainability
Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) offers a PhD programme in agroecology. Are you interested in the technical as well as in the social-economic challenges of agriculture? You will use contemporary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to design, produce, manage, and/or market agroecological products from crop and livestock bio-systems. As a long-standing partner of SUA, we have participated in developing the curriculum. We are proud to have such an excellent programme next door.
Apply until the end of October 2019, start in November, and strive on our side for a better future.
Call for Proposals: Establishing Organic – Kilimo Hai Shops
Watch our Farmer Training Centre introduction video with subtitles
Spice Production at Kibwaya
Msakuzi, a spice farmer, introduced SAT to his village Kibwaya. He was part of a different farmer group and informed SAT about the spice farmers in his area. After the introduction to organic agriculture at the village meeting, many did not believe that this kind of agriculture would work. Most of the farmers in the community are using local farming methods and were sceptical of changing their way of production. Read more
In March 2019 the SAT Farmer Training Center received three guests from Ethiopia. Mr. Ali is part of the Green Flower Foundation, an organization that supports young people in Ethiopia. They have a project that Ali is currently developing in Bishoftu Polytechnic College. Bishoftu is a city just some kilometer away from Addis Ababa. Read more
Have you heard of the Sustainable Development Goals, short “SDGs”? The SDGs are a set of goals formulated by an initiative of the same name by the United Nations, established in 2015 as a successor of the “Millenium Development Goals” with had covered the time-span from 2000-2015.
SAT has taken me from darkness to light
Upon finishing her primary school education in 1986, Wema Abdallah could not continue with further studies. Her parents who supposed to support her further studies passed away. Now she owns different businesses including a restaurant as well as spice, cassava and pineapple farms. How did she manage to improve her life? Click here for further information
Tanzanian indigenous communities combine with SAT at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto in Italy
A colourful delegation of four people traveled to Italy and talked there about gender issues in agriculture and challenges pastoralists are facing in the 21st Century. More about the Event
Impact of SAT Savings and Lending Groups: Evidence from Maendeleo farmer group
The majority of Tanzania’s poor live in rural areas with little access to financial services. Setting up savings and lending groups has become successful tool for providing rural people access to capital. Find out how Maendeleo group is investing nowadays and benefits as well from a social security scheme. Read more
Stories from the field – MMO Viungo group
MMO Viungo Farmer group was established in 6th September 2017 on Kinole/Morogoro with a total of 35. The group has a goal to bring development into their village by 2020, which they define as good housing and healthy food for their families.
How will they make it?
Nanenane Exhibition 2018 – Expanding awareness of organic agriculture
Nanenane is the largest agricultural exhibition in Tanzania taking place in seven zones. From 1st of August onward, events are organized throughout the country, culminating in the National Farmers Day on the 8th of August. Agriculture accounts for 30% of the country’s gross domestic product and employs over 70% of the nation’s population, which gives reason to celebrate this day accordingly. Read more
Over 80% of clove seedlings die, SAT and SUA take action
Kisoko Daniel, a 3rd third-year SUA student in B.Sc. Horticulture, assesses the situation in Mfumbwe village in Morogoro rural district where the problem seems to be critical.
Dr. Ramadhani Majubwa, who supervises the research says, “Farmers should continue to be calm while we are working on this problem”. Click here for further information
741 farmers pursue organic certification
741 farmers from 32 farmers’ groups facilitated by SAT are pursuing the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) for certification of their organic farming practices.
Their success is going to be celebrated in August. Read the story
Hay baling innovation brings hope to pastoralists
Erratic rainfall and long dry seasons have been contributing to livestock deaths in some areas of Tanzania. To help solve the problem, SAT has decided to introduce hay baling innovation to pastoralists. Follow this link to find out more
Biovision Board visits SAT and farmers’ groups
In the second week of July 2018, the Biovision Board from Zurich visited Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) offices. Read more
SAT at the 2nd International Agroecology Symposium in Rome
SAT, winner of the LUSH Spring Prize for regenerative projects in 2017, and Janet Maro, finalist of Tanzania Women of Achievement Award 2013 and Guardian international development achievement award 2014, were selected to represent Tanzania and Eastern Africa Region at the Second International Agroecology Symposium at FAO Headquarters in Rome. During the symposium, Janet gave a presentation on Scaling up Agroecology through a collaborative knowledge platform.
For more Information
Upendo Group: From Zero to Hero
Through SAT support now the group produces 5 tons of ginger, sweet potatoes organically. The group is located along the ranges of the Uluguru Mountains with good climatic conditions favouring the growth of many crops. Get further information
Farmers & Pastoralists Collaboration (FPC) Mvomero
In recent decades, pastoralist and farmer conflicts in many parts of Tanzania spread violence. The FPC project goal is to enhance sustainable livelihoods of farmers and pastoralists through agroecological practices in Tanzania creating a solution where both parties can create local circular economies, where everyone benefits, and conflicts are drastically reduced. For more Information
Does agroecology create sustainable livelihoods for small-scale farmers?
SAT in collaboration with the Universities of Leeds and Birmingham drew up a working paper which explores agroecology as an alternative approach to agricultural transformation, offering low-input but knowledge intensive agriculture as a more inclusive and sustainable way forwards. To Read the Paper
Give Small-Scale Farmers a Sustainable Future
Every dollar we receive from private donations is like $5 from another source, because it allows us to be flexible and to forward our plannings. Any amount you give helps us disseminate the best support possible to local small-scale farmer communities teaching the way of sustainability. To the Global Giving Platform
Create High Impact Through Your Donation – To the Impact Results
Does on-farm storage effect food security? – In recent years an increasing number of programmes have been implemented to reduce post-harvest losses. But yet, there is a very thin literature on that topic. The University of Zurich in Switzerland conducted in partnership with SAT a field experiment in Tanzania to figure out the impact of those improvements. To the Summary
4th Workshop for Participatory Research Design (WPRD) –
This year again, SAT brought together farmers and researchers in its annual WPRD to discuss common agricultural challenges and to develop research topics based on farmers’ and pastoralists’ needs. To the summary
SAT at the 19th IFOAM Organic World Congress (OWC) in India –
From 7th to 11th November 2017, SAT CEO Programme Janet Maro attended the OWC 2017. The event was attended by more than 2500 people from more than 100 countries under the theme ‘An Organic World through an Organic India.’ To the summary
SAT at the Extinction and Livestock Conference 2017
On 5th – 6th of October 2017 the Extinction and Livestock Conference under the motto “Moving to a flourishing food system for wildlife, farm animals and us” took place in London. Also SAT CEO Programme Janet Maro was among the invited experts talking about <Agroecology working in Africa>. To the conference
SAT Organic Shop Re-Opening
After a complete reconstruction and makeover of the interior and exterior of the store, the SAT Organic Shop is now officially re-opened. Karibu sana at SAT Organic Shop! We Love Organic
Series on SAT-Research’17#2
Welcome to the second issue of the 2017 research series. This time we are happy to present you a study on pest control as well as two projects focusing on the market for organic products in Tanzania.
To the newest findings
Stories from the Field – Jiungeni Group
Jiungeni means joining together and cooperate. In 2015, the group joined and since then the 18 members are trained by SAT and collaborate successful in organic agriculture. To the story
NaneNane Exhibition 2017
Again this year, Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) was present at the NaneNane exhibition in Morogoro showing off an organically grown and freshly green demonstration garden.
To the NaneNane recap
USP and FPC Projects Launch
SAT officially launched the Farmer Pastoralist Collaboration (FPC) and the Uluguru Spice project (USP) in a festive ceremony at Farmer Training Centre. About the launch ceremony
Lush Spring Prize`17
SAT made it to win the award in the category for Established Projects considered to be beacons of regeneration that successfully inspired people for more than 5 years.
About the Lush Spring Award
The demand for organic products in Tanzania is evident, but the supply is still inconsistent. To solve this problem, SAT uses an approach which aims to facilitate the farmers’ productivity to enhance their resilience in combination with the development of a reliable market.
Learn more about Contract Farming
Series on SAT-Research’17#1
SAT puts effort in conducting participatory research based on farmers needs in cooperation with students from Sokoine University of Agriculture. In this series on SAT-Research we present the current bachelor studies. WPRD – Research Topics
All Morogoro is occupied by conventional agriculture. All Morogoro? No, a small village in the Uluguru Mountains does not stop resisting the intruder. Accompany the Uluguru farmers from Mgambazi village on their way “back to the roots”.
To read the story
Farmer Training Centre Schedule 2017 – Again this year, we provide 11 different training courses which cover agroecology in all its facets. Become a organic farmer and improve your soil fertility or a business farmer to conquer markets with our new Entrepreneurship & Agribusiness Development Course.
Farmer Training Centre Schedule 2017
SAT is looking back on a successful year – We summarized for you SAT activities and projects in 2016 – To the video
Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Project Workshop–
SAT brought together sixteen small-scale farmers from six regions throughout the country for an intensive three-day workshop at the Farmer Training Centre – To the article
Series on nutrition and sustainability #5 – Whether it is the bad breath it seems to provoke or the imagery of vampire repelling garlic-chains – garlic has been and still is being discussed a lot. Find out more
SAT – General Assembly & Agroecological Forum 2016 –
Insights into SAT’s work, projects, achievements and plans. To the summary
WE ARE LOOKING
FOR AN EVALUATOR!
For a Comprehensive Evaluation of the Bustani ya Tushikamane – Program from July 2009 to December 2016 – To the Terms of Reference
Real stories about real success!
This system gives farmers independency and improves their livelyhood.
To the story
3rd Workshop for Participatory Research Design (WPRD) – SAT has been in collaboration with Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in the development of a platform which provides young researchers from SUA, research supervisors and organic farmers from Morogoro Region to discuss research needs. To the summary
SAT in The CITIZEN – The Cover Story about SAT and its Director Janet Maro. On Saturday, the 12 November 2016 a two-page story about the SAT Director Janet Maro was published in The Citizen. To the article
Stories from the field: Tree Heroes and Rats? – 18.000 seedlings are prepared and ready for planting. Apopo is partnering with SAT for their Carbon Offset project through Tree Planting Heroes. To the opening-report
SAT hosts visitors from Switzerland
Mr. Martin Graf, a former Minister of Justice for the Canton of Zurich, and Ms. Esther Hildebrand of Effretikon, Switzerland recently visited SAT in Morogoro. To the article
Series on nutrition and sustainability #4 – Have you ever heard about a plant which can help you by more than 40 disease and that many enterprises would like to know as their sole property? No, than follow the link to find out more
Get an insight from the Natural Medicine Course held 2015 –
Potent Remedies within Everyone’s Reach. To the recap
Series on SAT-Research #4
Did you know that many small scale farmers in Tanzania face with the problem of a decline in soil fertility resulting in reduced field productivity? Could Biological Nitrogen Fixation (nodulation) be the solution?
Read about the research activity
Real stories about real success!
All began in the demonstration garden of SAT and ended in an international scouts cooperation. To the story
An international team consisting of professionals from different continents came to Tanzania for a special visit at SAT office and FTC for experiencing agroecology. A great chance to exchange about organic & sustainable cultivation methods. To the article
We have summarized for you some impressions of the NaneNane – Agriculture Exhibition during the first week in August. SAT had the honor of welcoming a special guest.
To the recap
Series on SAT Research#3 –
The “Field Work Report” is out
SAT and its partners took initiative to evaluate the important question of seed suitability of farmers in Tanzania. To the article
The harvest is brought in:
Last year again, we gained a lot of experience in the field of sustainable agriculture. This year of growth is finally summarized in our Annual Report 2015.
Series on nutrition and sustainability #3 – Have you ever experienced fatigue, hair loss, brittle fingernails and loss of appetite? Maybe it`s an iron deficiency as Iron plays a major role in the energy production for the body. To the article
Series on SAT Research #2 – Different mulch, different moisture content ? To know which is the best material for mulching your garden, read about the research activity
Farmer Training Centre starts its season –We start our year with courses which really bring you forward. Organic Agriculture Basic – Animal Production – Training of Trainers. Become an expert in the area of sustainable and organic agriculture. To the Training Courses
Series on SAT Research – One of SAT`s main pillars is research. Therefore SAT puts effort in conducting experiments based on farmers` needs under student partnership. The first paper examines the effectiveness of mulch in conserving soil moisture.
Read about the research activity
Series on nutrition and sustainability #2 –We continue our new series about healthy diet and different potent plants with the article “Tackling Vitamin A Deficiency at its roots?”. Find out how the problem could be solved. To the article
Real stories about real success!
You definitely need confidence in what a human being can achieve in circumstances as found in Towelo.
But the farmers up there-
they definitely have it!
Farmer Training Centre Schedule 2016 –New year – new courses! Again this year, we provide different trainings at our Farmer Training Centre in Morogoro. Learn how to make medicinal soap or to improve soil fertility. Please, check our program in the area of sustainable and organic agriculture. Farmer Training Centre Schedule 2016
Second full year of Farmer Training Centre in Vianzi
New courses, new participants, but the same high quality as usual! SAT trained small scale farmers, field & extension officers as well as NGOs and professionals.
A recap of 2015
Series on nutrition and sustainability –We start our new series about a healthy diet and explore different plants and their potential! The first article deals with a very old plant which has already been used for over 2000 years as the most nutritive food on this planet. Curious? Find out more
We are proud to present real stories about real success.
Steep, steeper, Tulo. A small village in the Uluguru-Mountains that removes this barrier by applying organic agriculture methods. Read the story
Stakeholders Meeting aboutAgribusiness Market Opportunities for Youth Employment
How to enable Tanzanian Youth a better opportunity on the labour market ?
Of course, with combined training !
How can we preserve soil fertility? If you want to know the answer, please follow the link to get connected to the solution. Save the environment
2nd Workshop for Participatory Research Design was again a fruitful event. We brought together small scale farmers and students to develop research questions based on farmers’ needs.
SAT ANNUAL REPORT 2014 is ready for download. We summarized for you our achievements in the field of agroecology.
TANZANIA ALLIANCE FOR BIODIVERSITY (TABIO) homepage online!!! TABIO is an alliance of civil society and private sector organizations concerned with biodiversity conservation, with an emphasis on agricultural biodiversity for livelihood security and food sovereignty.
AGROECOLOGY -THE WAY TO FOOD Global Justice Now publishes report on How Agroecology Can Feed Africa SAT is delighted to be one of the brightest examples of Agroecology mentioned in this report
REPORT ON IMPACTS OF GREEN REVOLUTION TECHNOLOGIES ON SMALL-SCALE FARMERS IN TANZANIA The ACB together with SAT conducted a research to provide a report on the current situation of important regions in Tanzania concerning the impact of Green Revolution technologies on small-scale farmers.
INSIGHTS – FARMER TRAINING CENTRE summarizes the concept & idea of our farm. Thanks to Steve Bosserman who made this presentation!
SAT FARMER TRAINING CENTRE SCHEDULE 2015 download our new programme for the upcoming courses this year! For 2015 we have interesting courses which range from organic agriculture basic, intermediate and animal production to food processing and waste management.
FARMER TRAINING CENTRE – RECAP 2014, our first full year of operating the SAT Farmer Training Centre, has afforded us many a wonderful experience! Since our opening last May we have conducted 20 courses attended by 424 participants.
AT A FARM IN TANZANIA – OUR STAY WITH SAT the report of two volunteers from Europe who came to SAT the past 5 months to contribute to our project Bustani ya Tushikamane
FIRST WORKSHOP ON PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH DESIGN SAT successfully contributed to a new way of designing research in Tanzania bringing together farmers, students and lecturers with the aim to create a space where academic researchers can exchange views with future appliers…
SAT ATTENDS EAST AFRICA HIGHLANDS SYMPOSIUM A long trip across the country brought two of SAT’s facilitators Hugo Kunguru and Justine Lyasato to Bujumbura, Burundi to participate in the ECHO East Africa Highlands Symposium organized by ECHO…
WE EAT THE WORLD – SAT PRESENTS IN LIECHTENSTEIN Helvetas, one of the biggest Swiss development organisations, has invited SAT to present their project during their exhibition “Wir essen die Welt”, which aims to illuminate the many different facets there are to food production…
SAT AT INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS TERRA MADRE Terra Madre, created by Slow Food, gathers every two years in Italy bringing together food producers, fishers, breeders, chefs, academics, young people, NGOs and representatives of local communities who are working to establish a system of good, clean and fair food production. This year SAT had the opportunity to attend this event…
THE NEXT GREEN REVOLUTION – SAT CONTRIBUTES TO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ARTICLE! Read our point of view regarding the published article talking about world food supply and solutions to improve agriculture…
SAT FARMER TRAINING CENTRE SCHEDULE 2014 out now! We are glad to introduce you to our new courses at the Farmer Training Centre (FTC) in Vianzi,Morogoro…
SAT JOINS THE HIGH LEVEL ROUNDTABLE TALK IN NEW YORK Our Director Janet Maro on 27 – 28 March 2014 joined high-level representatives from governments, the UN System, research, civil society, farmers, and the private sector…
ORGANIC AGRICULTURE & PARTICIPATORY GUARANTEE SYSTEM The second and more elaborative IFOAM documentary on PGS practiced by farmers in the Uluguru Mountains in Morogoro who collaborate with SAT…
THE IFOAM DOCUMENTARY ON ORGANIC AGRICULTURE in East Africa is out now! The first case study is actually about a farmer group who is facilitated by SAT…
THE GUARDIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD -> we are delighted to receive this acknowledgement and highly support our Director Janet Maro…
FARMER TRAINING CENTRE UNDER CONSTRUCTION we are already very close to open our Centre to offer high quality facilitation on sustainable and organic agriculture. Karibu Sana (you are warmly welcome)…
TANZANIA WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD check out the news about our director Janet Maro…
IMPACTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE UPTAKE OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURE IN EAST AFRICA IFOAM Report on Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS)…
WHAT’S GREEN, LEAN AND LOVES THE ENVIRONMENT Story about organic agriculture and SAT in The Citizen…