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 East Africa Impact Centre. 150 participants coming from surrounding countries such as Rwanda, Ethiopia, Congo and South Sudan, including farmers, government field workers, NGO workers and missionaries, formed a diverse crowd giving SAT the possibility to exchange views and experiences across countries and backgrounds.

At the three days symposium comprising of theoretical and practical workshops our facilitators had the opportunity to enrich their technical knowledge and compare the use of certain practices as it is done in other countries.

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Explaining the Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration

Soil erosion was a main focus at the symposium as it poses a major challenge for farming in the highlands. Especially Burundi, consisting mostly of highlands with steep slopes, suffers largely from soil wash off during the rainy season, with a loss of up to 7 tonnes of soil per acre. To counteract soil erosion several techniques such as terrace cultivation, cover cropping and forest regeneration were introduced during the practical workshops. Of particular interest to SAT facilitators was a low input agro-forestry method, the so called Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration. This approach, introduced by a facilitator from World Vision Kenya, aims to revitalize agricultural land by systematically regenerating and managing naturally occurring trees and shrubs from tree stumps, roots and seeds. This practice may help preserve or regain land productivity and its application is moreover easily replicable and of low cost.

A further topic which received special attention was soil fertility. One of the methods introduced related to this topic was the green manure technology. This method can be applied to increase soil fertility and is particularly useful when farming large areas and where insufficient supply of compost and manure pose a constraint. Especially when growing crops such as maize and rice, which have high demands in soil nutrients, intercropping or pre-planting green manure crops can help to enrich the soil with the needed nutrients. There are more than 60 plant species and 100 systems used for green manure and cover cropping according to World Food Prize nominee Roland Bush, who presented this method at the symposium.

The symposium also afforded participants an insight to some cultivation areas of Burundi, showing several of the introduced practices on site. The field trip lead through banana plantations, vegetable gardens and also to cassava fields, where a special technique of cassava farming was explained which includes planting the cassava into small mounds of earth to allow an easier harvest of the roots.

Back in Morogoro, enriched with new farming ideas and practices, SAT is already testing some of the learned techniques such as the green manure and cover cropping. Once ensured about the correct application of these practices we will happily share them with our farmer groups to help them improve their production.

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You always wanted to know how to prepare pineapple, papaya, mango and bananas? Join our course and learn how to dry these exotic fruits and keep the sweetness going…

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Our course takes place in a heavenly situated training farm, which even though reaching hell-like temperatures during day provides training facilities of the highest quality including delicious meals cooked with a lot of love by two of the best cooks of the region. You will receive a thorough introduction to the art of fruit drying including an elaborate theoretical part of 6 hours, taught by an expert with vast experience in fruit processing. Whilst our course will train your skills and provide the necessary input, fun is part of our philosophy.

“We Eat The World” SAT presents in Liechtenstein

Helveta's exhibition "We Eat the World"To live you need to eat. Where does the food come from that daily finds its way on your plate? How is it produced? Each day we not only decide about our food preferences, we also affect our health, the environment and other people’s livelihoods in various parts of the world with our choice.

Helvetas, one of the biggest Swiss development organisations, has invited SAT to present their project during their exhibition “Wir essen die Welt(=we eat the world), which aims to illuminate the many different facets there are to food production and trade, taste and business, hunger and abundance. The presentation will take place on the 10th of December 2014 in the Liechtensteiner Landesmuseum, Liechtenstein. SAT will recount their experience on organic farming in East Africa and talk about success and challenges of small-scale farmers in converting into organic agriculture.

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 which is considered the biggest gathering in the field of agriculture on a world-wide scale.

SAT director Janet Maro with Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini
SAT director Janet Maro with Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini

Among the many topics tackled at Terra Madre, Slow Food presented their project “10,000 gardens for Africa’s future”. We took particular interest in this project which aims to serve as a tool to foster small-scale sustainable agriculture by sponsoring the creation of a garden to be tended by a family, school or local community. The aim of this project is to create 10,000 food gardens which will contribute to food security, food education in schools and promote biodiversity, valuing African gastronomic cultures and raising awareness about big issues like GMOs, land grabbing and sustainable fishing. To achieve this goal a handbook was created and disseminated through various trainings in different countries. You can find more information about the project and download the handbook in the link below:

http://www.slowfoodfoundation.com/en/33/download#.VF3iN8mHDIU

Furthermore this year`s Terra Madre was joined by Salone del Gusto – the Ark of Taste transforming the event into a delicious experience. A global culinary village was set up including traditional tastes and flavours from 130 countries. Our director Janet Maro contributed to the food diversity of Terra Madre by introducing rare delicacies of some tribes in Tanzania, the African climbing spinach derega and the air potato nduu. Whilst the Waluguru people appreciate the taste of the derega spinach and still grow it in their homes, this variety is more and more forgotten. The nduu potato is commonly grown in the Kilimanjaro and Kagera regions and is a speciality of the Chagga people, who like it for it’s mild bitter taste. The ability to bear tubers in the roots and by the buds is a special feature of this variety, which is also known to have medicinal values.

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Janet Maro and SAT offspring Max, holding the Tanzanian spinach “Derega”

Being at Terra Madre encircled by all these people sharing our mission gave us new strength and energy for our work and moreover the certainty that there are many people out there, ensuring that our traditional and sustainable food systems are preserved and continue to be part of our daily lives.

The Next Green Revolution – SAT contributes to National Geographic article

We would like to warmly thank Tim Folger, author of the article “The Next Green Revolution” for giving SAT the opportunity to contribute to such an important debate. The article poses crucial questions, pinpointing the challenges of today’s world food production. Tim Folger gives a neutral tune to the debate GMOs vs. organic farming whilst winding himself through the labyrinth of solutions available of the world’s scientists and agricultural experts.

Do we need another green revolution? What role should biotechnology have in it? What do farmers really need in order to keep the food supply going for the growing population?

The answers to these questions may vary; SAT nevertheless keeps a firm opinion. As our director Janet Maro states in this article, our experience has taught us that GM crops and pesticides are not the right tools to improve agriculture and keep up the food supply. Here in Tanzania, where small-scale farmers are the main suppliers of the local food markets, methods such as composting and mixed cropping have helped improve yields, control pests and avoid expensive inputs which farmers cannot afford. Our observations show that organic agriculture methods are well adapted to the local circumstances and can be easily conveyed to farmers.

It is important to keep in mind that agriculture is multifunctional, not a linear but a crosscutting discipline, and approaches to improve it should therefore take a holistic view on the topic. As an example, the biological pest-management implemented by Hans Herren, director of Biovision, managed to successfully fight the Cassava Mealybug and prevent a major food crisis, whilst all conventional agriculture science approaches failed. Where conventional agriculture science further fails, is when it comes to taking into account socio-cultural implications. Trying to solve an agricultural problem in the USA or in countries such as Tanzania or India is quite a different issue, and not only environmental conditions need to be taken into account.

This is where we feel lies our advantage. Working on the field, we observe and experience every day the challenges and issues a subsistence farmer faces. And our assessment is clear: the low tech and low input way of organic agriculture is the way to go in farming in Tanzania.

read the whole article The Next Green Revolution here:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/foodfeatures/green-revolution/

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Training of Trainers (ToT) 2014

You want to become a successful facilitator in agriculture? We build up your capacity to work in the field and give your best to your participants. Learn how to prepare sessions, conduct sessions, evaluate sessions make your sessions interesting and participatory, learn how to probe and get more from you participants as you build up their knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes. Let us help you bring out your full potential for a trainer or facilitator.

• Designing a training session
• Pace and content of sessions
• Combination of different training inputs
• Oral questioning
• Dealing with different types of learners
• Giving and receiving feedback
• Storytelling to enhance the learning process
• Board work (Flip chart)

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We use as well a broad set of Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) methods like mapping, ranking, role play, river code, cloud dreamer, poor presentation, group formation, dynamics and management.

25th Aug. – 29th Aug. 2014                  Course ID: ToT 002      NEW DATE

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Training Fee: TZS 450,000/= per participant, the fee is inclusive of training, materials, accommodation and meals at the center.

Facilitators: Janet Maro and Hugo Kunguru

Venue: SAT Training Centre in Vianzi (approx. 20km from Morogoro city)

Apply to: Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT), P.O.Box 6369, Morogoro, +255 (0) 754 925560, +255 (0) 655 925560 info@kilimo.org 

Application Form: Use this link to download the application form

If you interested in the schedule for the whole year 2014 use this link: Download SAT trainings 2014

Permaculture Design Course (PDC) 2014

We are proud to introduce our first PDC. The Permaculture Design Course (PDC) course is an internationally recognized, minimum seventy-two hour course (two weeks) resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by movement founder Bill Mollison.

This 2 weeks intensive course will equip you with the holistic design thinking and skills to create resilient, synergistic systems for living and working with the community. A special emphasis will be on the tropics and drylands.

By observing nature we can use natural patterning to make holistic designs and implement ideas and systems that build on natural processes with energy efficient, low cost and high yeilding results. We expect that our PDC graduates will leave this course ready to design and implement permaculture into a wide range of scenarios; from urban permaculture systems to small farms and community projects.

The trainers:

The course is taught in Kiswahili by PRI – Kenya guest trainer Nicholas Syano and Janet Maro of SAT alongside other SAT staff. Participants will get hands on practical experience in permaculture design and implementation at the SAT farm – a PRI Kenya partner demonstration site.

Nicholas works for PRI-Kenya as a lead trainer part-time, being engaged as a Project Manager for Nyumbani Village and also pursuing his PHD at the University of Nairobi. Nicholas has long standing teaching, research and community development experience with a specific focus on food forests in the drylands.

Janet, a SUA graduate, is originally from Kilimanjaro where the successful traditional Chagga farming systems have inspired modern permaculture.  Together with other SAT staff, they have trained more than 3,000 farmers, extension officers, school and university students as well as individuals from all over Tanzania on organic and sustainable agriculture. She did her PDC with Nicholas in 2013 and her permaculture teacher trainer with Warren Brush of Quail Springs Permaculture in 2014.

7th Jul. – 18th Jul. 2014                  Course ID:  PC 001

Training Fee: TZS 450,000/= per participant, the fee is inclusive of training, materials, accommodation and meals at the center.

Facilitators: Nicholas Syano and Janet Maro

Venue: SAT Training Centre in Vianzi (approx. 20km from Morogoro city)

Apply to: Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT), P.O.Box 6369, Morogoro, +255 (0) 754 925560, +255 (0) 655 925560 bustani.tushikamane@gmail.com

Application Form: Use this link to download the application form

If you interested in the schedule for the whole year 2014 use this link: Download SAT trainings 2014


 

The topics to be covered:

The order of topics in the course will change due to the presence of guest instructors, and emphasis on certain subjects may shift due to the needs and focus of the participants, such as urban or rural residents, farmers, extension officers, field officers and so on.

Day 1: Foundations of Permaculture
Course overview and logistics; permaculture defined; observation skills; ethics and the basis of ecological design; permaculture principles, indicators of sustainability, and how to use them.

Day 2: Design for Pattern Literacy
Designing from patterns to details; natural patterns as a design tool; the permaculture design process; methods of design; the Zone and Sector System.

Day 3: Thinking Like a Watershed
The water cycle; Catching and storing water; designing tanks, cisterns, and other water storages. Roof-top water catchments

Day 4: The Path to Water Wisdom
Ponds, swales, and keyline design; water in the permaculture landscape; greywater and blackwater system design; aquaculture.

Day 5: Soil: The Living Skin of the Earth
Soil structure and composition; soil ecology and nutrient flow; creating healthy soil; analyzing your soil; compost, nutrient teas, and mulches; cover crops and green manures; strategies for your own soil conditions.

Day 6: A Revolution Disguised as Gardening
How ecosystems work; the home garden; plants of many functions; polycultures; integrating animals and insects into the garden; pest management; wildlife habitat

Day 7: Food Forests, Guilds, and Ecosystems
Trees and their many roles; designing plant communities; the orchard; food forest design; hedgerows, windbreaks, and shelterbelts; biomimicry.

Day 8: The Built Environment
The functions of shelter; methods of green and natural building; designing shelter for climate and culture; living roofs; site selection; designing for disaster.

Day 9: Energy and Tools for Working Wisely
Population, energy use, and Peak Oil; renewable energy strategies; appropriate technologies for heating and cooling, transportation, cooking, and construction.

Day 10: Ecovillages, Community,and Thinking Globally
Community dynamics; intentional communities, co-housing, and group decision-making processes; city repair; ecovillages. Designing for urban, suburban, or rural situations. Tropical and dryland strategy review.

Day 11: Green Economics and Right Livelihood
Money, finance, and local currency networks; permaculture in education; green business guilds and networks; building social capital. Design project preparation.

Day 12: Putting it Together: The Design Project
Where to from here? Group design project presentations; talent show and final party.

Schedule for SAT Farmer Training Centre 2014

We are glad to introduce you to our Schedule for 2014 at the Farmer Training Centre (FTC) in Vianzi, Morogoro. It is actually the first centre which is focusing solely on organic and sustainable solutions for farmers, individuals, entrepreneurs, extension & field officers.

K1024_IMG_0293The program for the coming months contains intersting courses in the field of agriculture. The knowledge we are going to offer you is unique, it is not only our expertise; more than 6 external facilitators are going to show you how to become a successful organic farmer and what it takes to train farmers in the field and become a good facilitator.

Trainings this year are:

Organic Agriculture Basic

Organic Agriculture Intermediate

Natural Medicine

Zero Tillage Farming

Animal Production Basic

Process Food and add Value

Attract Youth in Agriculture Camp

Sustainable Integrated Waste Management

Permaculture Design Course

Training of Trainers


Organic Agriculture Basic

With more than 5 years experience in the field of organic agriculture we have a lot to share. In these five days you will learn how to fertilize your soil and manage its fertility. Pests and diseases won’t be bothering you so much afterwards, since you`ll gain knowledge about botanical extracts for all sorts of pests and diseases management. In addition you will experience the power of “Sustainable Intensification”. We’ll facilitate you on how to manage your plot most efficient by using an integrated approach that includes crop production with livestock-keeping and forestry. For more information use this link


Organic Agriculture Intermediate

For farmers who have already visited the Organic Agriculture Basic this course gives further insights into sustainable farming practices. The first part of this course is a deeper introduction into soil health and technologies which can be used to increase soil fertility. Furthermore organic pest, disease and water management are pracitcally and theoretically taught. The course closes with different crop propagation techniques which are suitable biotechnologies for organic farmers. For more information use this link


Natural Medicine

Do you know the power of herbs? Do you know that plants are not only for food but also for medicine? Tanzania is rich in plants that can be used as natural medicine and Dr. Feleshi from ANAMED Tanzania will show you how to use them. The course gives you a basic introduction of cultivation, and preparation and usage of medicinal plants. Moreover you will afterwards know how to extract natural oils and to prepare high quality soap. So let’s stay healthy and be prepared to start your cosmetic business. For more Information use this link


Zero Tillage Farming

Zero Tillage, also known as conservation agriculture or Farming God’s Way, is a farming method which ensures a high yield while conserving soil fertility and water. Abraham Tisiri, expert in Farming God’s Way and Peter Mbiu, expert in conservation farming, will introduce you to this method. For more information use this link


Animal Production Basic

Livestock keeping and crop production can coexist very well since an integrated approach is the key to establish a closed nutrient management cycle. Fresh fish, meat, milk and honey are products which can increase the houshold income for a small scale farmer significantly. To run a livestock enterprise successfully good management practices are needed. The course gives introduction into animal health, feeding, housing and general production. For more information use this link


Process Food and add Value

Processed and value added products fetch a higher price, can be stored for a longer time and need less space. This course will introduce participants to different value addition and food processing techniques. It is made to cater for farmers, small and medium enterprises and those who would like to venture into food processing and value addition. For more information use this link


Attract Youth in Agriculture Camp

This very interesting and fun training is intended to accommodate youth for week long courses where they will learn how to establish vegetable gardens in rural and urban areas, establish tree nurseries, entrepreneurship and life skills as well as management of waste in their homes, schools and institutions. This will be combined with the SAT tournament for the best youth team. For more information use this link


Sustainable Integrated Waste Management

Is waste equal waste? NO! Experts from Kenya (among them the Organic farming legend Molly Njeru and experts from KOATEC institute – Titus Muchangi) will show you how to get the most out of it. In these 5 days you will experience several composting technologies from kitchen and garden waste, using Effective Microorganisms (EM) technology for agriculture, environment and livestock, how to make organic charcoal or char from paper, how to produce valuables from old cloth, plastic bags, old braids and all sorts of waste. For more information use this link


Permaculture Design Course

Is it right? On one hand you want to reduce your work on the longterm view and on the other you want to get the maximum out of it? The Permaculutre Design Course looks like to be the right thing for you. By observing nature we can use natural patterning to make holistic designs and implement ideas and systems that build on natural processes with energy efficiency, low cost and high yeilding results. We expect that our PDC graduates will leave this course ready to design and implement permaculture into a wide range of scenarios; from urban permaculture systems to small farms and community projects. For more information use this link


Training of Trainers

You want to become a successful facilitator in agriculture? We build up your capacity to work in the field and give your best to your participants. Learn how to prepare sessions, conduct sessions, evaluate sessions make your sessions interesting and participatory, learn how to probe and get more from you participants as you build up their knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes. Let us help you bring out your full potential for a trainer or facilitator. For more information use this link

 

 

Attract Youth in Agriculture Camp

This very interesting and fun training is intended to accommodate youth for week long courses where they will learn how to establish vegetable gardens in rural and urban areas, establish tree nurseries, entrepreneurship and life skills as well as management of waste in their homes, schools and institutions. This will be combined with the SAT tournament for the best youth team.

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Training Fee: TZS 150,000/= per participant, the fee is inclusive of training, materials, accommodation and meals at the centre.

Facilitators: SAT Facilitators

Venue: SAT Training Centre in Vianzi (approx. 20km from Morogoro city)

Apply to: Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT), P.O.Box 6369, Morogoro, +255 (0) 754 925560, +255 (0) 655 925560 bustani.tushikamane@gmail.com

Application Form: Use this link to download the application form

If you interested in the schedule for the whole year 2014 use this link: Download SAT trainings 2014