Animal Production 2014

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.

In 2014 two Animal Production courses will be conducted both contain a basic introduction which includes:

o Animal health
o Medicinal plants for various animal diseases and vaccinations
o Control of ticks in livestock using natural remedies
o Animal housing
o Livestock feeding (Ruminants & non-ruminants)
o Hydroponics
o Silage preparation

 

And a choice of different special topics in course I & II

SAT AP 001
o Introduction to poultry production
o Introduction to rabbit production
o Introduction to fish farming

SAT AP 002
o Introduction to beekeeping
o Introduction to dairy production

 

13th Oct. – 17th Oct. 2014               Course ID:  AP 001 (Poultry, rabit and fish)

17th Nov. – 21st Nov. 2014               Course ID: AP 002 (Beekeeping and dairy)

 

Training Fee: TZS 350,000/= per participant, the fee is inclusive of training, materials, accommodation and meals at the center.

Facilitators: Richard Gombe 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

Organic Agriculture Intermediate 2014

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 practically and theoretically taught. The course closes with different crop propagation techniques which are suitable biotechnologies for organic farmers.

This advanced course will cover topics such as:

• Soil a living organism
• Know your soil – the simple soil test
• Macro and micro nutrients for plants
• Nutrient deficiency in plants (signs, causes and symptoms)
• Soil recovery and fertility improvement
• Compost making and Top dressing
• Organic management of pests and diseases
• Biological Nitrogen Fixation (BNF)
• Cover cropping and green manure
• Co piecing and co piecing fallows
• Tree nursery establishment
• Crop propagation techniques
• Budding, grafting, nicking corms, dividing corms and tissue culture
• Water management in the farm (contours, swales, strips, trenches)

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27th Oct. – 31st Oct. 2014               Course ID: OAI 001

Training Fee: TZS 250,000/= 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 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

Zero Tillage 2014

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. Principles that will be taught during this course include; minimum tillage of the soil, soil water conservation, contour farming, sunken beds, composting, production of liquid fertilizers, pest and disease management using botanicals.

Courses

20th Oct. – 24th Oct. 2014               Course ID: ZT 002

27thOct. – 31st Oct. 2014                   Course ID: ZT 003

Training Fee: TZS 250,000/= per participant, the fee is inclusive of training, materials, accommodation and meals at the center.

Facilitators: Abraham Tisiri and Peter Mbiu

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

Natural Medicine 2014

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.

The aims of this training seminar are to train 25 people (nutritionists, missionaries, health workers, teachers, individuals and others active in the community) in:
a) the recognition, knowledge and cultivation of several medicinal plants in a medicinal garden
b) the hygienic production of effective Natural Medicines from these
plants, e.g. teas, different medicinal oils and ointments and tinctures. We will also produce different soaps, medicinal charcoal, black stones for snake-bites and learn how to use several simple technologies.
c) the treatments of many medical complaints and diseases, including malaria, skin problems, diarrhoea, HIV/AIDS and wounds.

d) the influence of good nutrition and lifestyle on health.

Following the seminar, we expect the participants to:

e) create their own garden of medicinal plants,
f) prepare their own natural medicines,
g) treat themselves, their families and others within their area of competence, and
h) teach their families, colleagues and others in their communities.

Courses:

24th Nov. – 28th Nov. 2014               Course ID: SAT NM 002

Training Fee: TZS 300,000/= This is an all inclusive price, and includes food, accommodation, books, some seeds, a poster and all training materials. Transport costs and any insurance required remains the responsibility of the participant. If participants require more books and posters for their project, they will be available for sale at a reduced price during the seminar.

Facilitators: Dr. Feleshi 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


The following are important aspects of our seminars:

1. Our emphasis on working at the grass-roots, encouraging and supporting local people in developing and extending the skills they already have.
2. We encourage traditional healers and formal health workers such as doctors and nurses to work together. We help them to recognise the positive contribution that each makes, and encourage them to work out practical ways in which they can cooperate.
3. By introducing Artemisia annua, we enable participants to become much more independent and successful in their treatment of malaria, in their families, communities and health centres. Each participant will be given rooted cuttings and be taught how to grow this delicate but extremely valuable plant.
4. It is important that all participants have a commitment both to practising what they learn and to teaching others, for example by conducting a similar seminar in Natural Medicine themselves, at least for a weekend.
5. All participants will work together in practical work and possibly in establishing a garden. They must bring suitable clothes with them for such activities.
6. Participants must attend for the entire programme to qualify for a certificate; to come only on some days is not acceptable.
7. All participants should try to bring a sample of at least one medicinal plant from their region for sharing with others.

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

Organic Agriculture Basic 2014

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.

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Participants will also spend their time in our farm learning by doing and see how the dryland is turning into useful fertile land.

The training will be in English and Swahili and will cover topics such as:

• Introduction to organic/sustainable farming
• Know your soil – Simple soil test (Finger and bottle methods)
• Preparing a garden (Nursery layout and care, field layout, appropriate spacing and transplanting)
• Improving soil fertility (Compost, top dressing, green manure…)
• Common problems in the field – Pests – Diseases – Weeds
• Pests, disease and weed management
• Agricultural Innovations (nine seeds per hole, portable gardens…)
• Agroforestry
• Introduction to poultry keeping

 

Courses:

19th May – 23rd May. 2014               Course ID: SAT OA 008

23rd Jun. – 27th Jun. 2014                  Course ID: SAT OA 009

18th Aug. – 22nd Aug. 2014                Course ID: SAT OA 010

29th Sep. – 3rd Oct. 2014                  Course ID: SAT OA 011

10th Nov. – 14th Nov. 2014               Course ID: SAT OA 012

1st Dec. – 5th Dec. 2014                      Course ID: SAT OA 013

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Training Fee:TZS 220,000/= per participant which includes training, materials, meals and accommodation at SAT Farmer Training Center.

Facilitators: SAT Team (Janet, Hugo, Justine, Msafiri and Abdul)

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

 

Sustainable Integrated Waste Management 2014

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.

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The training will cover topics such as:

• Sustainable urban solid and liquid waste management (Compost making and waste water management), urban and peri-urban agriculture and environmental management practices.

• Effective Microorganisms (EM) Technologies in organic agriculture, waste management and health.

• Organic compost (Bio-fertilizer) making techniques using market garbage

• Charcoal making using waste (Briquettes, char)

• Organic agriculture and livestock management practices

• Appropriate value addition technologies

• Appropriate technologies for rural development

• Multi-story/portable garden making

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Courses:

1st Sep. – 5th Sep. 2014             Course ID: OAWM 002

Training Fee: TZS 400,000/= per participant, the fee is inclusive of training and materials, accommodation and meals at the centre.

Facilitators: Molly Njeru, Titus Muchangi 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 2013 use this link: Download SAT trainings 2014

SAT joins High Level Roundtable 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 at the High Level Roundtable on “Food and Nutrition Security through Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in the Post-2015 Agenda”, hosted by the Government of Benin, Biovision Foundation, and the Millennium Institute, with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the German Federal Environment Agency, IDDRI, the Third World Network and WSPA.

The message from the High Level Roundtable is to enhance the transition to sustainable agriculture by considering social, economical and environmental aspects.

The goal and the broader post-2015 agenda should address the following elements which can be summarized in the word SHIFT:

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Smallholder food producers are empowered
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Hunger and malnutrition are addressed in all forms
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Inclusiveness through consultations with all actors
including the most vulnerable

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Food systems are sustainable and productive
T
Trade policies and strategies that improve the
functioning of domestic, regional and international
markets and ensure equitable access for all

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SHIFT: Food and Nutrition Security through Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in the Post-2015 Agenda (PDF)

 

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Organic Agriculture and Participatory Guarantee System

An elaborative documentary about a Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) developed and applied by Uluguru Mountain farmers.

PARTICPATORY GUARANTEE SYSTEMS: THE CASE OF THE MAENDELO FARMER GROUP

Facilitation on organic agriculture completely changed these farmers’ lifes and nowadays, with the PGS, they are able to market their vegetables as certified products. This is an important step to change the food system in Tanzania, where usually almost all of the certified products are produced for export market. People are aware about health issues regarding unsafe use of pesticides and other synthetic inputs, which are very common in the country and regularly reported on local media. Hence, Tanzania has demand for organic vegetables, fruits and grains. Nevertheless, there is a lot to do. Customers have to be sensitized that such products are now available, and that they are safe to use. The PGS is the right solution for this country, where most of the farmers hold land with less than 2 hectars. A commonly used third party certification would not be affordable for such small scale farmers .

A SAT study has shown that people are even willing to pay slightly more for organic products. This is not necessary, since the products don’t significantly differ regarding their prices. Many times the prices are the same like for conventional products. For small scale farmers it pays off, since they can produce without expensive use of chemical inputs. Furthermore, a benefit is, that they can intensify their produtction systems in a sustainable way. This makes for instance shifting cultivation (slash & burn) not anymore a precondition for having a good harvest.

Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) has developed a special module to encourage farmers to launch and use PGS to have better and more specific access with their products. At the moment three further farmer groups, who collaborate with SAT, are in the process of getting their PGS approved by Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement (TOAM) which is in the country the responsible institution  for issuing a PGS certificate.

The documentary is produced by International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) in collaboration with SAT.

IFOAM Documentary

This year, the farmer group Maendeleo in Towelo, Morogoro received a lot of attention, even on international scale. This was because of the pioneer work this group has done so far. They are one of the first groups in East Africa who implemented successfully a Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) which is used to be certified under the East African Product Standards (EAOPS). This low budget certification enables even small scale farmers, who are not contracted by a company or linked to a big cooperative, to produce organic certified products. This actually revoluzionises the food situation in Tanzania, since now, farmers producing as well for the local market. How you can see in the documentary the farmers have already a big benefit from these farming practices since they reduce the costs for buying farming inputs since industrial fertilizers and chemical pesticides are not anymore needed. Hence the products have fair prices. Come and vist our SAT organic shop in Kilakala, Morogoro.

Watch the Documentary on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nkmk11IKwfI

Schedule for the SAT Farmer Training Centre

We are very glad to introduce to you our schedule for 2013 for the Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) training center.

SAT trainings 2013

A series of courses will follow-up after the official opening on 14th September 2013. We are all very happy and glad for this important achievement in the history of SAT and organic and sustainable agriculture in Tanzania.

Please help us share the schedule and encourage your organizations, farmers, friends and families to apply and join in for the courses.

We are well prepared to offer this important service and we welcome you to pass by and visit us whenever you are in Morogoro.

This is just the beginning, we look forward to many more interesting and important courses.

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