Our prosperity is on making agriculture work better, using natural resources well, and creating strong markets for what farmers produce
Lead Applicant Organization Name
This is the individual application but connected to Seed of Hope NGO from Sokoine University of Agriculture(SUA)
Lead Applicant Organization Type
Small NGO (under 50 employees)
Website of Legally Registered Entity
How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?
Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?
Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?
United Republic of Tanzania
Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?
Morogoro region covers an area of 360km2
What country is your selected Place located in?
United Republic of Tanzania
Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.
Tanzania is our home, and Morogoro is one among the region in Tanzania which has seven district.In this place people are suffering from poverty and hunger,and climatic change is disturbing the agriculture activities taking place in Morogoro. Is the place where we have been living for so many years, some of Organization members are working in here while others are studying in Morogoro. Therefore we have experience on different economic activities taking place in this region whereby agriculture is a main activity practiced by the people living in there , we are also aware on the language and culture of people living in Morogororo and their tribes.Again we are aware on the climatic problems in this region and the attitude of people in place. Being aware and having experience on this region are important catalyst for us to achieve our vision.
Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.
Map showing some places of Morogoro region
One of the maize farm for small scale farmer in Morogoro region
Morogoro region is one of Tanzania’s 31 administrative regions. The region lies between latitude 5058” and 1000” to the south of the Equator and longitude 35025” and 35030” to the East. The region is administrative divided into seven districts such as Gairo, Kilombero, Kilosa, Morogoro, Mvomero and Ulanga. The regional capital is the municipality of Mororgoro. Morogoro lies at the base of the Uluguru mountains and is the center of agricultural activities in Tanzania. Morogoro region is bordered to the north by the Tanga region, to the east by the Pwani and Lind regions, to the south by Ruvuma region and to the west by Iringa and Dododma regions. Morogoro is about 195 kilometres to the West of Dar es Salaam .The society in the community is heterogeneous in terms of ethnography and this leads to different social-economic activities like business, agriculture, zero grazing and fishing.But The main economic activity in the region is agriculture.The most language spoken by people in this area is Kiswahili, though there are other languages spoken by the natives such as Kiluguru, Kipogoro and Kikaguru. The region headquarter can easily be reached by road from dare s Salaam, Dodoma and Iringa towns. It is also the centre for travelers going to Dodoma, Tabora, Lake zone and Kigoma by train. The region has a tourist attraction – Mikumi National Park that is about 100 kilometers from Morogoro town and about 300 kilometers from DAR ES salaam and Selous game reserve. The region is famous for producing both food and cash crops. The main food crops produced in Morogoro region include: maize, paddy, sorghum, bulrush millets and beans, cassava, bananas. The main cash crops include cotton and tobacco. Livestock keeping is also an important economic activity in the region.
What is the approximate size of your Place, in square kilometers? (New question, not required)
What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?
Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.
Mororgoro region is facing climate challenge problem, hence this bring negative impacts in agriculture, such as drought and flood. Other challenges are poor and traditional methods of farming, poor diet which led to malnutrition, inadequate financial resources to support farmers, lack of adequate markets, lack of cooperation among the agriculture stakeholders, land conflict and population increase.
Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.
Our vision will help reduce vulnerability of Tanzania’s agriculture sector by increasing productivity, enhancing adaptation and resilience of the farming systems and reducing emissions intensity in the context of achieving food and nutrition security, sustainable development and poverty reduction. Agriculture offers major opportunities to mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from farms through using technologies (such as conservation tillage and precision fertiliser use) and sequestering carbon dioxide, or converting it into physical form and hence removing it from the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide can be sequestered into carbon sinks such as soil or wood through using technologies like agro forestry and composting, therefore farming which is friendly to the environment will be encouraged. Again through our vision we will collaborate with other developmental Partners in order to provide agriculture training to farmers for their capacity building we will encourage all men, women and youths to attend trainings on ESA practices(Environmental Smart Agriculture) hence this will change their mind set concerning certain customs and taboos such as bush firing, no use of farm yard manures and training on how to get different financial resources, Again we will do our best in finding market for crops through using our experts in sales and marketing, our vision will work together with the government, through our vision we will influence the government to better coordination and harmonization of government policies and regulations which will encourage cooperation in agriculture operations .
High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.
Morogoro region will enjoy and benefit a conducive climate hence this will increase the harvest of different crops and the society such as men, women, youth will have positive mind set on agriculture hence they will invest more in agriculture and fight poverty and hunger, Through cooperation and harmonization of government policy land conflict will be prevented and population will be controlled through Government emphases on family planning. Further more, due to the availability of food people will change from eating one meal which is unbalanced diet to three meals per day which is balanced diet in order to avoid malnutrition problems.
Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?
Agriculture is Tanzania’s main economic activity that employs about 77% of the total population. With the unequivocal changing of the climatic system, the rising concern is on how best natural resources can be utilized to sustain and increase productivity of crops and livestock. Embracing Environmental-Smart Agriculture (ESA) is one way of reducing agricultural production risks and vulnerability to a changing climate. The vision has focused on different developmental policies and action plan established in Tanzania in fighting poverty and hunger such as MKUKUTA and which are aligned to the National Development Vision 2025. National Development Vision 2025, the main national development strategy in Tanzania, places considerable emphasis on the sector and envisages that by 2025 the economy will have been transformed from a low productivity agricultural economy to a semi-industrialized one led by modernized and highly productive agricultural activities that are integrated with industrial and service activities in urban and rural areas. As far as system thinking as concern the vision has included different stake holders such as farmers, government, developmental partners, consumers and all agriculture stakeholders and NGOs, researchers who will deal with research on different issues concerning agriculture and innovating thing dealing with agriculture in supporting the achievement of the vision. Therefore together with people mentioned above as visionaries we will work together in our positions so that to make sure that the vision succeed in order to bring the development of the region and the country at large
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