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Sh38 billion to benefit small-scale farmers, tackle climate change

The severity of current climate change challenges continues to concern many nations, prompting efforts to find solutions, including funding, encouraging, and enabling in climate adaptation methods.

That happen when climate change is said to have numerous impacts, particularly on agricultural activities, which serve as the backbone of many populations, including Tanzania’s.

In response to this, donors from Canada, specifically Global Affairs Canada, have provided an amount of 20 million Canadian Dollars, equivalent to more than Sh38 billion in Tanzanian currency, to support small-scale farmers in coping with the effects of climate change.

These funds, channeled through the Care International organizations of Tanzania and Canada, are earmarked for implementing the ‘Her Resilience, our planet project’ over a six-year period in the districts of Iringa, Kilolo, Mufindi, Wangi’ombe, and Mbarali.

The project aims to provide education on modern, environmentally-friendly farming techniques, directly benefiting farmers and the environment in Tanzania. Speaking on May 15, 2024, in the coastal region after receiving the Canadian Minister of International Development, Christina John, who is also the Senior Manager of Resources and Relations at Care Tanzania, stated that the goal is to increase agricultural productivity and environmental conservation to combat these changes.

“This project will directly benefit 175,282 farmers and indirectly benefit over 408,992 people in these districts. Farmers will cultivate better crops, conserve the environment, and benefit. Even the Ruaha River, which flows through this region, will be preserved,” Christina explained.

She further elaborated that the project will connect farmers with the Tanzania Meteorological Authority to make informed decisions. Additionally, it will provide extension services, agricultural technologies, establish demonstration farms, connect farmers with input suppliers, and preserve water sources.

“Moreover, this project will enhance the value chain from the farm to the market and establish supportive businesses for the produced crops,” she added.

During the launch, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, David Silinde, stated that the Tanzanian government warmly welcomes the project, emphasizing its benefits for women and youth.

“They will be able to withstand climate change by increasing their knowledge. It is our responsibility to continue monitoring and promoting environmental conservation,” Silinde said.

Canadian Minister of International Development, Ahmed Hussen, expressed Canada’s readiness to fund environmental conservation efforts to combat climate change.

“This project will benefit both the environment and farmers, lifting them out of poverty. It is essential to preserve our environment for the benefit of today and tomorrow,” he remarked.

One of the farmers, Hamad Mkopi, expressed optimism about the project’s capacity-building aspect and its potential to achieve its goals when implemented as planned.

“The country is vast, and we need more stakeholders to collaborate to reduce and ultimately eliminate the effects of these changes,” Mkopi emphasized.”

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