Planting trees in Tanzania
In November 2016 Justdiggit signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Tanzania to jointly develop a Hydrologic Corridor program in Tanzania. In the first half of 2017, the area for the first project of this program was selected and the design for the project has been made. It will be implemented in the area of Mtanana, in the eastern part of the Dodoma region. The Dodoma region is a primarily semi-arid region in the heart of Tanzania. 90% of the region’s population depends on the land for its livelihood. The land is used for small-scale agriculture and livestock keeping.
Together with the local communities, our regional, national and international partners we have selected the interventions that will be implemented in the coming period. This project will consist of a combination of water harvesting, climate smart agriculture and nature conservation. Some interesting facts: the area of Mtanana has been part of a British groundnut plantation that has been established in the end of the 1940’s, and the remnants are still visible in the almost 200km of contour bunds. In total more than 300,000 trees will be planted, both on these bunds and in woodland plots, which will become part of a larger agroforestry system.
- Woodland plots Surface area
- Contour bunds with agroforestry
- Sustainable farming
- Controlled grazing
- Mosaic Farmland
Woodland plots Surface area
Keeping millions of bees to help restore the land
Very few trees remain in the area and the high demand for firewood is putting further stress on the remaining trees.
In protected areas we will create woodland plots consisting of various indigenous and multi-purpose trees. In between the trees grasses or fodder crops can grow. The farmers will be introduced to beekeeping to improve pollination, while generating income like selling honey and beeswax production.
Contour bunds with agroforestry
Restoring the abandoned bunds
The small scale farmlands are divided by old contour bunds. The bunds are not maintained and are slowly losing their soil and water conservation impact. The area is suffering from poor crop yields, pests (locust) and has a poor tree cover.
By restoring the bunds and improving vegetation cover, we are not only improving soil & water conservation, but also increase crop yield, raise farmer income and improve biodiversity and resilience.
For lifelong benefits
The small communities in the project area are struggling to survive, especially during droughts. Family income is low and highly variable. Famines are common.
We want to improve the livelihoods of the community in a sustainable manner by assisting them to diversify their income and making them more self-sufficient while at the same time improving environmental conditions in and around the villages.
Give vegetation the chance to recover
Large areas of the region are designated for grazing. Despite this, grazing pressure is high because grazing is poorly managed and vegetation doesn’t get the chance to recover.
We want to improve grazing conditions by introducing grazing management practices and to set aside certain areas as dry-season grazing grounds and fodder.
Innovation for farmers
Many small agricultural plots are poorly managed which results in low crop yields and loss of fertile soil and water due to erosion.
By introducing soil and water conservation practices that farmers can apply on their own (often small scale) agricultural plots we improve the productivity of the land, increase vegetation cover and increase resilience against droughts.