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2011

Combating Vulnerability to the Cycle of Drought and Flooding Through Sustainable Natural Resource Management (Tanzania)

Tanzanie

Titre : Combating Vulnerability to the Cycle of Drought and Flooding Through Sustainable Natural Resource Management (Tanzania)

Pays : Tanzania

PROJECT PERIOD  : 2011

Contexte
Smallholder farmers in the Dodoma region of Tanzania use rudimentary hand tools and rely heavily on traditional rain-fed cropping methods. Unfortunately, sub-optimal use of resources such as land, livestock, and watershed and irrigation systems severely affects food security. Low crop production due to limited or irregular rainfall has left many families, who rely almost entirely on agricultural production, struggling to survive. Facing low amounts and changing precipitation patterns during the growing season, farmers can no longer predict the timing, amount, and frequency of rains. This year’s erratic and limited rainfall patterns have been exacerbated by depleted actual rainfall unable to recharge the streams, rivers ,and reservoirs used for irrigation. Preliminary crop forecasts predict production at only 78% of the region’s annual cereal needs for the 2009-2010 growing season.

Description
In this multi-community project, LWR is partnering with Mlali, Matomondo, and Lumuma savings and credit cooperatives (SACCOS) located in Mpwapwa, Kongwa, and Kilosa districts of the Dodoma region of central Tanzania to reduce community vulnerability to drought and flooding
These savings and cooperative groups have a combined membership of over 1,500 individuals, of which 40% are women, representing more than 17 villages. This project is unique in that the implementation area spans both ward and district lines to encourage a watershed-based approach to natural resource management
This collaboration contributes to community ownership of the project and promotes sustainability.

Objectifs
Objective #1 : Increase productive use of labor, land, and water to strengthen resilience to climate shocks and improve food security and rural livelihoods for more than 40,000 smallholder farmers.
Objective #2 : Use draught animals to improve fertility and productivity of soil to increase crop yields of maize and sunflower to at least three times current production levels.
Objective #3 : Diversify and increase producer revenue by four-fold through animal husbandry and dairy production, processing, and marketing
Objective #4 : Strengthen organizational and technical capacity of SACCOS members to increase opportunities for economies of scale and improved terms of trade among small-scale farmers.

Présentation (Lutheran World Relief)

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