This project introduced an organic farming program & sustainable conservation project to village communities in the Uluguru Mountains in Tanzania. It safeguards the forest, and local communities by reducing greenhouse gases. It will directly benefit 145 farmers by providing training, reducing poverty and allowing greater economic security. It is estimated that 21,750 trees will be planted as a result. The project is managed jointly by APOPO and Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania.
The forests of the Uluguru Mountains are of critical importance to indigenous village communities, the cities of Morogoro and Dar es Salaam, and the survival of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. The project area is of vital importance to for Morogoro city's water supply. The local farming community in Tanzania faces many challenges such as lack of knowledge on production, lack of capital, inappropriate farm management, harsh weather conditions and limited access to markets.
It will provide training to local farmers working on the slopes of the Uluguru Mountains. This will result in reduced greenhouse gases through tree planting, conservation of tropical forest, increased water quality and quantity, elimination of slash and burn agriculture, and an increase in the carbon content of the soil. In addition, this project contributes to food security, poverty reduction and socio-economic development of the participating farmers' communities.
145 local farmers will receive training over a five year period. We anticipate that a total of over 21,000 trees will be planted during this time. The project will reduce poverty, as farmers will not be dependent on buying materials from agro shops, instead they will be able to sell them themselves. The increase water quality and quantity will be made possible by organic farming methods. The project will empower farmers to use the forest as a common pool resource & conserve the tropical forest
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