• MPs push gender sensitivity climate change law input

    Under the umbrella of Tanzanian Women Parliamentarian Group (TWPG), a number of MPs asserted that there is need for gender mainstreaming in climate change adaptation. The aim is to…

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  • TCSAA joins the GCRF-AFRICAP study tour to understand pathways to resilient food and agriculture systems in Tanzania

    TCSAA joins the GCRF-AFRICAP study tour to understand pathways to resilient food and agriculture systems in Tanzania TCSAA joins the GCRF-AFRICAP study tour to understand pathways to resilient food and agriculture systems in Tanzania   Members of the Tanzania climate Smart Agriculture Alliance joined a study tour to Lushoto and Muheza Districts in Tanga region, Tanzania supported by the ‘’Agricultural and Food systems Resilience: Increasing Capacity and Advising Policy” (GCRF-AFRICAP) programme, funded by the UK government   The aim of the tour which took place from 15th – 21st March, 2020 was to share knowledge and practical insights from two independent projects, namely: Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG)/ONGAWA[1] Integrated Adaptation and Resilience Programme which was implemented at Muheza district between 2017 and 2019, and the GCRF-AFRICAP Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security Programme – Climate Smart Villages, which was implemented at Lushoto district between 2010 and 2019.   The intention of working in Lushoto is to utilize the Climate Smart Agriculture Learning Alliance link with the research activities to enable learning across districts up to regional level and use this evidence to impact the national level policy through policy engagement and feedback meetings.   The objectives of the learning study-tour was to: develop an improved understanding of local and regional vulnerability, climate-risk and uncertainty; ii) develop an improved awareness of agriculture and food system resilience, and of the supporting governance and policy processes and iii) to gain new knowledge and practical insight from sharing experiences on climate-smart agriculture and food system programme design, implementation and monitoring & evaluation.   The tour team involved 28 participants from Tanzania Forestry Research Institute (TAFOR), Lushoto, farmers from farmers’ groups, Tanzania Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (TCSAA), Muheza and Lushoto District Councils, University of Leeds, Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), and Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), Mlingano, Tanga and Selian, Arusha.   GCRF-AFRICAP is a major international programme funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Global Challenges Research Fund – to inform future policy conversations in Africa including Tanzania.   Some key learnings from the study tour include: Competence of lead farmers on technologies and innovations: It was learnt that project farmers, especially in Lushoto district, where CCAFS programme has operated for almost ten years, were quite conversant with what they were doing. They were fluent in explaining the technologies and innovations introduced by researchers. This was also the case for farmers at Muheza study villages. That implies that farmers involved in projects have graduated from the field schools to become trainers of fellow farmers.   Limited adoption of introduced technologies by other farmers:  It was observed throughout the study villages that despite the proven benefits of introduced technologies and innovations, neighboring farmers in almost all villages hardly adopted. On probing why this has been the case, project farmers hinted that neighbors don’t want to learn expensive and hard to do activities like terraces.   Limited promotion of indigenous knowledge systems: The lessons learnt from Yamba village shows that despite the interesting story about the use of indigenous knowledge on weather forecasting, local experts are to a large extent elders who lamented that after the programme no one seemed to support them.   Limited knowledge and application of the national level policies, strategies and plans to local level by extension officers: When asked on their awareness of agriculture and food systems resilience policies, strategies, programs and plans developed at national level, significant majority of participants (except the group from Lushoto district) were unaware of the climate smart agriculture policies, strategies and resilience plans existing at national level.   The study tour identified important gaps to be addressed in future policy actions   For the full report and lessons learnt, see attached study report.   Other related stories A story in The Guardian Tz published on 1 May. If you have not seen it, the link is here:https://www.ippmedia.com/en/features%20why-climate-agricultural-techniques-are-resilient-climate-change I also produced a story featuring Mama Natai and Mr. Kingazi that is published on the AFRICAPwebsite here: https://africap.info/study-tour-unearths-pathways-to-resilient-food-and-agriculture-systems-in-tanzania/     [1] ONGAWA is a Spanish word which means ‘Water Non-Governmental Organization’.

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  • Creating awareness on reporting climate smart agriculture and nutrition

    A group photo with the journlists at IIT-Tanzania office. Credit Delphina Ntangeki/IITA IITA-Tanzania organized a media awareness session on “Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) and nutrition” in commemoration of World Food Day 2019. It aimed at increasing the knowledge and understanding of the media on issues around climate change and its impact on agriculture and rural communities

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  • Landscape leaders from across Africa gather in Tanzania for Dialogue and Innovative Partnerships

    The group of participants together with Hon. William Lukuvi, Minister of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development, representing the Government of Tanzania credit: Manon Koningstein/EcoAgriculture Partners Over 150 participants from 18 African countries have come together for the first day of the African Landscapes Dialogue – a gathering of Landscape Leaders from across Africa bound together by a shared vision and responsibility to problem solve collective problems facing the continent and the planet  

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  • Tanzania’s female parliamentarians to mainstream gender in climate adaptation

    An over view of the Tanzania women Parliamentary Group during the awareness creation session Tanzania’s Women Parliamentarian Group came together to explore pathways for mainstreaming gender into climate adaptation planning.

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