For decades, the people of central Tanzania have faced challenges with hunger and food insecurity due to lack of rainfall and ineffective farming methods. As the majority of families rely on agriculture for their source of income, many of them live in extreme poverty. Many families survive on less than one dollar per day. Through Tearfund and local churches in Tanzania, you can help farming families grow more food to eat and sell so that they can generate more income and start their climb out of extreme poverty.
In partnership with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and the Diocese of Central Tanganyika (DCT), through Tearfund you can help address the hunger crisis by providing training in conservation agriculture and savings groups to thousands of farmers and their families in 7 villages in Dodoma Region.
Scaling Up Conservation Agriculture
Widespread hunger due to low crop output and extreme poverty. 49% of household eat only 1 meal a day, and 46% of households eat two meals a day. There is massive food shortages 6 months of the year between harvests.
Farmers lack access to quality farming inputs such as seeds. Dry weather conditions make it hard to ensure crops are able to grow to their full potential. Additionally, families do not have any access to formal financial instructions nor is there sufficient economic infrastructure in the region to facilitate commercial activity.
In partnership with the local church, this program is training farmers in conservation agriculture techniques to preserve soil moisture and fertility and increase crop yield. Inputs such as seeds and tools are also being provided to farmers as needed. Additionally, savings and loan groups are being established to provide families with the ability to take out loans to start new income generating activities such as buying more land or starting new businesses.
- Location: Dodoma Region
- Timeframe: 2015 – 2020
- Total Budget: $924,576