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Seeds of Sustainability, Tanzania

  • Definition
    Devising project idea, defining the aim and main components
  • Design
    Specifying details such as time-frame, budget, target indicators, project partners and relevant steps to reach the project objectives
  • Open to Financing
    Searching and securing funding and investment, setting up relevant financing partnerships, and discussing payment modalities
  • Implementation
    Execution of feasibility studies, context analysis, plot design, planting and setting up facilities and starting with potential capacity-building
  • Maintenance
    Operational phase (monitoring and evaluation, impact assessments and adjustments, execution of educational programmes and long-term capacity building)
  • Scaling Up
    Scaling up phase is when the project it has already shown success by obtaining impact as well as economic results and it's ready to become replicable.

Seeds of Sustainability aims to promote regenerative agroforestry in the villages of Mkata, Mazingara, and Kwachaga. With reNature, Inuka Youth Development Organization will establish three 2-ha Model Farms for training and inspiration. The agroforestry system will later be implemented in 4500 ha of surrounding farmland. The agroforestry system focuses on commercial fruits such as mangoes, lemons, and oranges, as well as cassava and corn, sold to local markets and to local processing factories that turn the fruits into juice. The diverse agroforestry system will also produce fruits, timber, and fuelwood for self-consumption, reducing deforestation pressure on local forests and nature reserves. Inuka Youth plans to expand its tree nursery to supply trees for this project and the surrounding farms.

Assignment & Impact

Number of expected beneficiaries

150 farmers, 23,500 people directly impacted and 460,00 people indirectly impacted.

Development Challenges

Currently, the region is suffering from severe environmental degradation due to deforestation and monoculture plantations. This leaves both the landscape and the people who depend on it more vulnerable to changes in climate such as the recently experienced droughts. Furthermore, a large portion of the local community is facing poverty or experiencing economic hardship. As a result, some people resort to logging in national forests, leading to decreased biodiversity and forest coverage.

Intervention

Inuka Youth Development Organisation with the help of reNature is going to implement three 2-ha Model Farm in the villages of Mkata, Mazingara, and Kwachaga which will serve as inspiration and training for farmers on how to develop a regenerative agroforestry system. The goal is to then scale those Model Farms on 4500 surrounding hectares. A tree nursery will also be expanded to provide plants to farms that want to make this transition.

Objective

Create a model for sustainable food production that will increase the long-term resilience and income of farmers through commercial products as well as meet the community’s need for healthy food, firewood, and timber while restoring the landscape and biodiversity.

Inspirational Impact

The Model Farms will be implemented on farms that will be accessible to the community to serve as inspiration and training. Inuka Youth Development Organisation aims for the Model Farms to be diverse and abundant forests that will showcase all the benefits of regenerative agroforestry so that more farmers decide to transition, feeling supported by the community. 

Environmental Impact

This project will improve the environment in multiple ways. It will first improve the farmland directly by improving the quality of the soil, the water holding capacity, the soil carbon, and organic matter and will also provide other ecosystem services such as water purification. The increased biodiversity of the agroforestry system will provide habitat for wildlife, and help reduce the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers by replacing inputs with natural processes. Furthermore, the Seeds of Sustainability project aims to improve the livelihood of farmers and provide sustainable fuelwood, food, and wood which reduces the pressure on the natural resources of the area.

Social Impact

Regenerative agroforestry showcases how social, environmental, and economic benefits are interrelated with each other. This project will empower farmers and community members with the tools to restore their landscape while having long-term economic benefits. The agroforestry system will also lead to a healthier environment beyond the farms, benefiting the surrounding community since it will contribute to a reduction in soil erosion, air and water purification, water retention, increased tree coverage, and increased biodiversity. Moreover, this project will also ensure that the needs of the community are met by planting trees to be used for healthy food, wood, and firewood for self-consumption. 

Economic Impact

The increased diversity in commodities produced enhances resilience to environmental and market changes and, therefore creates long-term economic growth and stability. Moreover, reducing the reliance on chemical inputs decreases production costs, giving farmers a larger margin for their products.

Impact Metrics

Outcome Metrics

  1. Support farmers with technical assistance about regenerative agroforestry 
  2. Improve soil quality and biodiversity
  3. Improve economic resilience
  4. Improve food security

Evaluation Method

  1. Number of people trained in regenerative agriculture
  2. Annual assessment of soil quality index
  3. Number of plant species
  4. Farm output value per person
  5. Nutritional value of agricultural production