Beginning in December, our Iguguno Forest Garden project participants planted their trees during outplanting season. Access to water was vitally important to prepare these young seedlings for their outplanting. Hardwood trees were planted for each Forest Garden. Currently, we are conducting sample surveys as part of our annual monitoring and evaluation system. A sample size is selected for a 95% (+/-5%) confidence level. Using ArcGIS, families are randomly selected from each project for an in-depth survey (in four areas): 1) General demographics: family size, age, education levels, gender 2) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Household Dietary Diversity Score (HDDS) with helps us determine how forest gardens are impacting the dietary and nutritional improvements of each family. 3) FAO Household Food Insecurity Access Scale Survey (HFIAS) which helps us gauge each families access to food. 4) Household resilience reflecting a family’s increased economic resilience
Two team members will be traveling in the next few days for a monitoring visit of our work in Tanzania. Additional photos of our work will be available in April. Also coming before the end of the month is the release of our NEW Forest Garden Training Center (training.trees.org) App. With this App, TREES team members and farmers will have access to vast resource of information at their fingertips including all Forest Garden Training Center Materials and an interactive map of all TREES Forest Garden activities.
In March we will begin farmer evaluations with our staff. TREES team will work alongside these farmer families to evaluate what’s working, what’s not and how we can help. Findings help to guide future training. In Mid-march the rains begin again, this will support growth of the newly planted living fence and farmers will be outplanting additional trees within their gardens.
Additional photos and data will be available in April, please let our team know if you have any questions about this project or our overall work.
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