Tailor-made Course on Agriculture & Entrepreneurship for Youth

This training is intended to accommodate youth for a week long courses where they will get in a friendly atmosphere introduced to sustainable agricultural practices and entrepreneurship. Hereby SAT facilitators will interact on a horizontal level to empower the participants. Through this youth centred approach and with other activities like sports and games the participants will on one hand enjoy their stay at the SAT farm and on the other hand will gain useful knowledge to make something out of their lives.

This week will include:
• Organic Agriculture
• Establishment of Vegetable Gardens
• Poultry keepingIMG_1429 (Kopie)
• Introduction to Entrepreneurship
• Preparation of yogurt
• Batik making
• Soap making (Liquid & Bar)
• Food processing and value addition

03rd December – 07th December

Training Fee: TZS 300,000/= 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) 768206020 +255 (0)714471661, info@kilimo.org

Application Form: Use this link to download the application form

If you interested in the schedule for the whole year 2018 use this link:
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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 5TH WORKSHOP FOR PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH DESIGN (WPRD) 2018 – 2019

Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT)  is inviting undergraduate students from Sokoine University of Agriculture (only final years) to the 5th Workshop for Participatory Research Design (WPRD) which will be held on 1st December 2018 at the New Lecture Theatre MLT9 from 08:00am – 6.00pm. WPRD is part of the Farmer Centred Research Program (FCRP) which provides solutions for small scale farmers who are practicing agro-ecological farming methods. The FCRP decentralizes the research process and puts the farmers at the centre where they can express their key issues.  With addressing these issues students start collaborations with farmers for designing and conducting participatory research. Interested students who want to attend the WPRD, are required to fill the online application form for registration. Only registered students can attend the workshop.

The research clusters for 2018/19 will be:

  1. Unreliable market for livestock and milk
  2. Pests and diseases:
    1. Livestock diseases
    2. Crop diseases
  3. Pasture management
  4. Soil ecology
  5. Seeds management

The WPRD will provide a platform where researchers, research supervisors, organic farmers and pastoralists work together and focus on existing problems related to land management, marketing, organic crop and livestock production. The output of the WPRD will be questions identified by farmers, pastoralists and students, which can later be answered through action research (special projects – Bachelor theses).

All registered students can attend the 1st part of the WPRD (8:00am till 12:30pm) which will include:

  • Introduction to Agroecology
  • Introduction to Participatory Research
  • Research Presentation from FCRP 2017/2018
  • Podium Discussion with Farmers & Pastoralists

Afterwards SAT will announce 60 students who will be selected according to their submitted applications. Those students are invited to attend the 2nd part of WPRD (01:30pm till 6.00pm) which will include:

  • Defining Research Questions & Design (Group-work together with farmers and lecturers)
  • Presenting Research Questions & Design

The 60 students who will attend the 2nd part of the WPRD will be afterwards invited to submit a concept note. This concept note will be a suggested special project (Bachelor thesis), which must be in line with a WPRD cluster outcome. 10 selected students will receive research grants of TZS 1,100,000/= to conduct research in collaboration with farmers.

The deadline for receiving applications is 25th November 2018. All applications must be filled online.

SAT has taken me from darkness to light

Wema preparing food for her customers

Wema Abdallah is a primary school leaver from Kinole Primary School, Morogoro rural district, Morogoro. Upon finishing her primary school education in 1986, Wema could not continue with further studies. Her parents who supposed to support her further studies passed away.
Despite having primary school education, Wema did not look down on the idea to start selling local buns (maandazi) a business that took her through a downward spiral of loss after loss.

“I did not make any profit and sometimes I knew for sure I made loss. I never knew how to keep financial records and there was nothing to save. Despite all that, I still injected more meagre funds just to keep the business running,” she explains.

Wema further narrates that even though she did not make profit, she had never thought of starting another business. She could not identify opportunities, lacked required knowledge, skills, funds and equipment’s to mention a few.

“When I started my first business of making and selling local buns I did not have focus. As long as the business kept running and I had food, I thought it was normal. If it were not for SAT I would have never thought of trying any other business. SAT is the light for rural women,” she insists.

Her entrepreneurship journey changed the day SAT conducted introductory meeting in Kinole, where Wema was among the participants. “I will never forget that day, that was my turning point. After a comprehensive training, I knew I would be a big entrepreneur and farmer. Most of all, the trainings were relevant to our environment. SAT has awakened me. I now know my opportunities as a woman, I can now trade professionally,” she happily explains.

Wema (left) in her spice farm

Currently, Wema is a Chairperson of Juhudi women-based farmer group with 35 members. All Juhudi members underwent SAT trainings and are now actively engaged in entrepreneurship, agriculture, saving and lending activities.
Wema and other group members, like many women in her village, lacked skills on organic agriculture and entrepreneurship as well financial matters. To their surprise, SAT offered them with all the necessary knowledge and other facilitations.

Commenting on her development, Wema says, “Currently I sell cooked food. I have employed four people to assist me in this business. Recently I bought 1-acre spice farm. Also, I own 1 acre (already planted cassava) and 2-acres of pineapple.

She has turned her loss-making business into a profit-making business. She also engages in another business such as buying products from other farmers and sell them within the village and outside. According to her, this has dramatically boosted her income (by more than 100%).

Wema in her farm

I have three children. Two of them are grown up and have their own activities. But my last born is studying in a private boarding school,” she adds.

Wema insists, “We were very lucky to be enrolled in the SAT trainings. Women and men in my village that have not joined SAT trainings are very happy for us. They are motivated for what we are doing. I have encouraged them to start their own groups. Currently there are five new farmer groups in my village: Tuungane (35 members), Nigandole (35), Nguvu moja (21), Vijana Tuamke (43) and Tupendane (27).”

Wema has also commended the impact of SAT to women and men in her village and recommends that SAT should reach out to more rural people throughout the country.

Tanzanian indigenous communities combine with SAT at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto

A delegation of four people including one pastoralist and a small-scale farmer from Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) took part in the 12th Terra Madre Salone del Gusto held in Turin city Italy, from September 20th to 24th 2018.

SAT Projects Manager, Rashid Malya (left) explains on organic products and how they are produced

Janet Maro (SAT Executive Director- Program) and Rashid Malya (Projects Manager) lead that delegation. Salone del Gusto is an international event dedicated to food and gastronomy. It attracts mainly micro-small manufacturers, producing high quality and sustainable food products. Over 5,000 delegates from 140 countries and 800 exhibitors participated.
Speaking about the Salone del Gusto, Mselemu Kinyozi a pastoralist from Vianzi village, Lubungo ward in Mvomero district, Morogoro says, “I am extremely proud to take part in this event. Shortly after being back from Italy, I shared knowledge gained there with five farmer groups, they were happy.”

Mselemu Kinyozi speaking at the event

It has been one year now since Kinyozi  started to engage in livestock keeping with the aim of improving the breed and vegetable farming by following principles of organic farming as guided by SAT. His main goal is to make sure that each member of his pastoralist community is economically improved through strong cooperation in agriculture and entrepreneurial activities.

Lydia Kivia, a member of Muungano farmer group in Morogoro says, “I love my job and I am absolutely stoked to have this tremendous opportunity to expand my knowledge of sustainable agriculture. I learnt a lot from that trip, especially meeting new people and technology including how to produce manure in a water format. I discussed with my group members on how others work, they were happy, and we hope to start practicing some of those skills I learnt.

Lydia Kivia speaking at the event

Lydia owns 1.5 acres farm at Kibuko Village in Morogoro. She and her family started the farm in 2014 growing maize, rice and vegetables by following principles of organic agriculture. They sell both wholesale and retail to her neighbors, SAT Organic Shop, restaurants and other customers from inside and outside the region.

While Janet presented ‘Feeding the Planet with Agroecology’, Kinyozi and Lydia shared their experience on Agroecology, clean food as well as indigenous people’s testimonies.

Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is an event organized by the City of Turin, Slow Food, and the Region of Piedmont in collaboration with Italy’s Ministry for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies.

Impact of SAT Savings and Lending Groups: Evidence from Maendeleo farmer group

The majority of the Tanzania’s poor live in rural areas with little access to financial services. Setting up village savings and lending associations has become an increasingly SAT intervention aimed at improving rural financial services. We find evidence of positive and significant intention-to-treat effects on several outcomes: households experienced improved food security and income.

Members of Maendeleo group in saving and lending meeting

The process of saving and lending as well as loans repayments is done visibly whereby money is handled to the appointed group treasurers during the meeting, no any transaction will be done out of the meeting time. Transparency is the fundamental principle in “Saving and lending”. For this reason, SAT (Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania) in its holistic approach, has already integrated the so-called “SAT Saving and Lending” model in more than 110 farmer groups.

Maendeleo is a farmer group formed on 12th August 2016 at Mikese Village in Morogoro District with 31 members, of which 11 are Male and 20 are female. Every week, they meet up at the demonstration poultry unity they have set up with SAT. Members are led by their leaders who have been elected democratically after being trained on group dynamics and leadership skills session who are; chairperson, secretary (book keeper), treasurer, key holders, money counters.

After saving, the money is provided to members as the loans. The remaining is kept in a large metal box, which is secured with three padlocks. “Social funds”: Every week, the 31 members pay TZS 500 into the social funds. This money is saved for eventualities incase but not limited to when a group member falls sick and requires medical assistance and other emergencies. Solidarity within the group is fundamental for this fund and helps to ensure the functioning and social cohesion of the group.

Members of Maendeleo group after being handed over the phone from SAT to help them in sharing information with other farmer groups and SAT team

The “loan funds”; this is the members’ savings through buying shares, for Maendeleo, in the first circle; the member bought between one and five shares which cost TZS 1000 per each share, and in the second circle they increased the value of share to TZS 2000 per each share and currently they are in the third circle with TZS 3000 per each share.  The money is provided to the members as loans for three months period before repayment with a small interest rate. Currently, cumulative savings for Maendeleo group is TZS 21,312,300 which provided as loans and all 31 members benefited while the group managed to generate about TZS 5,000,000 as the profit from interests.

This profit is distributed proportionally to the number of shares that every member purchased. Owning 5% of the total amount of shares leads to getting 5% of the total amount of saved money inclusive interests. This enables the group members once again to make new investments to improve their livelihoods.

Members have invested in income generating activities such as retail shops, food vending, agriculture and poultry keeping, they have also increased productivity on their fields and there is an increase in household income and these are just some of the many benefits that the small – scale farmers get out of this system. It also gives them independence and what better feeling than improving your livelihood through your own efforts, supported only by the community that you are working with and have trust in!

Commenting on how the group has helped him individually, Costa Regita (group member) says, “I took a loan of TZS 300,000 last month, I spent that money to buy 2 acres of land, which I soon expect to start preparing for cashew farming. I am confident to repay the loan because I have a small business which I also started after securing loan from our group”.

Celebration time as 694 farmers get certified

It is celebration time for the 694 farmers from 29 groups in Morogoro Region who got certified organic after successfully establishing Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) and complying with the East Africa Organic Products Standards (EAOPS). The certified farmers got licensed to use the East African Organic Mark (EAOM) in marketing their organic products.

This came as a result of a thorough external inspection conducted by Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement (TOAM) in June 2018.

Supported by SAT under Uluguru Spice Project (USP) and the Farmers & Pastoralists Collaboration (FPC) project, the farmers are now producing organic products for the local consumption. They provide affordable and healthy organic food for Tanzanians who benefit from agrotoxin-free food and from environmental services. The farmers themselves benefit from resilient production which provides steady income and hence improves their livelihoods.

This award encourages us to have more strength and desire to go forward, I benefited already a lot with doing organic farming and I manage to sustain the family income and bring my children to a boarding school in Morogoro town through my poultry and horticulture enterprises.” states the Muungano farmer group secretary, Lidya Kivia.

The guest of honor Johannes Rauch,  Regional Administrative Secretary from Vorarlberg, alerts Tanzanians that “Austria was having  good climatic conditions with rains throughout the production season, but due to climate change the weather is becoming more and more unpredictable. A severe drought was bringing this year hardships to Austrian farmers. A solution to this challenge is climate change adaptation. This can take place through organic agriculture which keeps the water in the soil through extremely hot periods and can as well absorb water during floods. Moreover it mitigates climate change  through sequestering carbon into the soil.

He further mentioned that Austria is Europe’s organic farming country number one. Over 20% of its  farmers are practicing organic agriculture. Through this they build and maintain soil quality, and use water in a responsible way. But nevertheless Austria still has to continue to convert conventional into organic agriculture for having a resilient food system, being capable to provide food as well for the further generations.

Ernest Mkongo, Assistant Regional Administrative Secretary from Morogoro, praises SAT for playing a big role in facilitating organic agriculture knowledge to farmers in Tanzania. TOAM Program Manager, Bakari Mongo, urges Tanzanians to engage into organic agriculture, saying that it helps to produce on one side food and on the other side to protect and conserve our environment.

SAT CEO Janet Maro, indicated that the certified farmers have what it takes to reach markets as consumers who look for certified products can purchase the farmers’ products with confidence that they are grown using acknowledged organic standards.

The organic products from the farmers are available in SAT Organic Shop which is as well provides healthy vegetables, grains and spices as well as home delivery.

This project is supported by:

      

Stories from the Field – MMO Viungo group

MMO Viungo group was established in 6th September 2017 in Kinole, Morogoro with a total of 35 members in which 16 are men and 19 women. The group is located along the ranges of the Uluguru Mountains with good climatic conditions favoring the growth of many crops. The main activities of the group are black pepper, cinnamon and cloves production as well as group saving and lending. The reason to introduce organic farming was not only to boost their production but as well to conserve the environment. The Uluguru Mountains forming the most important water catchment in the country, providing the biggest city Dar es Salaam with water through the Ruvu River.

Seedlings from the nursery are also sold to other farmers in the village

The group which is under SAT’s Uluguru Spice Project (USP) was awarded with the Organic Certificate in August this year. With using the PGS, MMO Viungo will produce under East Africa Organic Product Standards (EAOPS), which guarantee that consumers receive high quality products.

Due to the high quality of the products of the MMO Viungo Group, they were able to increase their customers and became known for organic vegetables within their village. Currently the products from MMO Viungo Group are sold in the nearby market places and in SAT Organic Shop.

Apart from vegetables production, the group established production of 8000 clove seedlings. They were motivated to do so after conducting a participatory market survey which informed them of the demand for this cash crop. They are planning to have at least 10,000 seedlings before the end of this year.

The group has the goal to bring development of the members and their village by 2020, which they define as good housing, education of children, nutritious and healthy food for their families and the whole community.

Members of MMO viungo group making compost with a SAT Facilitator

The farming activities, which are mainly taking place in individual farms, are organized and overseen by the production committee. The marketing committee scouts for demand and communicates this information to the group members. It organizes the transport and sales as well. To make sure that all farmers are on track, even if a new person is joining the group, a training committee is in place.

This system is introduced by SAT who builds capacities beyond planting crops in the field. A further innovative approach from SAT is that those farmer groups are now equipped with a smartphone, using apps to receive and send marketing information and to exchange other information as well.

Mohammed Zaidu, who is the Chairperson of the group, says that their engagement into organic agriculture is a response upon the rising demand for healthy foods.

This project is supported by:

Nanenane Exhibition 2018 – Expanding awareness of organic agriculture

Pius Paulini (a successful organic farmer) explains about poultry keeping to a visitor at the SAT stand in Morogoro

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.

In these fairs, farmers and other agricultural stakeholders showcase new technologies and products. Again, this year SAT was present in five of the seven Nanenane zones (Morogoro, Mbeya, Simiyu, Arusha and Lindi Regions) with demonstrating organic agriculture, through showing different SAT services and SAT Organic Shop products. A highlight was the SAT organic demonstration garden which included different technologies including kitchen gardens, organic pest control methods, rabbits and chickens. In Morogoro region, 2824 registered people visited the stand during the exhibition to get information about organic agriculture. The competent and motivated facilitators together with SAT organic farmers guided the visitors around the demonstration garden, explaining the functionality of different types of techniques, like sack gardens, ground cover plants and double dug beds. In Arusha about 500 registered people visited the stand and got information about the Mkulima Mbunifu magazine and SAT training offers, in Lindi 900, Mbeya 672 and Simiyu 557 registered people received general information about organic agriculture and registered to receive updates on a regular basis. In total from all zones, we registered 5453 people and two trophies.

After an informative tour through the demonstration garden, the visitors finished off with testing and purchasing some of the products exhibited by SAT Organic Shop. The carrots, tomatoes, leafy vegetables and other value added products, directly coming from certified organic farmers’ fields, were a highlight to the visitors with their freshness, good taste and lack of agro-toxins.

One other great visit of during the Nanenane week was Tanzania’s Minister of Industry and Trade Hon. Charles Mwijage who passed by on Thursday, 3rd of August and let himself be introduced to the world of organic agriculture.

Hon. Stephen Mashishanga (retired regional commissioner of Morogoro) listens to Akley Mbaye who explains ingredients of the SAT Tea Masala.

SAT enabled 593 farmers from 32 different villages in Morogoro to visit the agricultural exhibition where they received a guided tour. Next to visiting interesting exhibitors who demonstrated progressive farming methods, the farmers stopped as well at SAT’s organic demonstration garden. After the tour, during the afternoons, farmers started conducting participatory market research, visiting small scale producers who were showcasing their agriculture products. Farmers were selecting interesting products and were interviewing the producers about how they were able and what was needed to build up their business. Through this approach farmers get inquisitive to test new technologies and approaches.

Daudi Gwabara demonstrates energy saving stoves to visitors of at the SAT stand in Morogoro

Furthermore the gain insights on how to plan and build up successful enterprises. The educative Nanenane tour is one of the highlights which SAT farmers benefit from every year.

Visitors listening attentively to Daudi Gwabara explain intercropping of vegetables

After eight eventful and intensive days, the Nanenane 2018 exhibition came to an end. It culminated in the award ceremony where SAT together with SUA won the trophy as the best overall winner. SAT is proud to be part of this recurring exhibition with presenting organic agriculture to a broad and mixed public.

Thanks to those who visited us for a great Nanenane week and see you next year!

Tanzanian Indigenous Communities Combine with SAT at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto in Italy

Lydia Kivia and Mselemu Kinyozi at SAT office before starting their journey to Italy for Terra Madre Salone del Gusto event

 

A delegation of four people including one pastoralist and a small-scale farmer from Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) network is set to take part in the 12th Terra Madre Salone del Gusto to be held in Turin city Italy, from September 20th to 24th 2018.

 

Janet Maro (SAT Executive Director) and Rashid Malya (Projects Manager) will be leading this delegation. Salone del Gusto is an international event dedicated to food and gastronomy. It attracts mainly micro-small manufacturers, producing high quality and sustainable food products. Over 5,000 delegates from 140 countries and 800 exhibitors have already confirmed to participate.
 
Speaking about the Salone del Gusto, Mselemu Kinyozi a pastoralist from Vianzi village, Lubungo ward in Mvomero district, Morogoro says, “I am extremely proud to take part in this event. I am sure that, through exchange of ideas and dialogue with people who differ in culture, language, and customs, every one of us will return home richer and with new enthusiasm to strive for a better future for our planet.”
 
It has been one year now since Kinyozi started to engage in livestock keeping with the aim of improving the breed and vegetable farming by following principles of organic farming as guided by SAT. His main goal is to make sure that each member of his pastoralist community is economically improved through strong cooperation in agriculture and entrepreneurial activities.
 
Lydia Kivia, a member of Muungano farmer group in Morogoro says, “I love my job and I am absolutely stoked to have this tremendous opportunity to expand my knowledge of sustainable agriculture.”
 
She owns 1.5 acres farm at Kibuko Village in Morogoro. She and her family started the farm in 2014 growing maize, rice and vegetables by following principles of organic agriculture. They sell both wholesale and retail to her neighbors, SAT Organic Shop, restaurants and other customers from inside and outside the region.
 
While Janet will present ‘Feeding the Planet with Agroecology’, Kinyozi and Lydia are expected to share their experience on Agroecology, clean food as well as indigenous people’s testimonies.
 
Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is an event organized by the City of Turin, Slow Food, and the Region of Piedmont in collaboration with Italy’s Ministry for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies.