The Arusha region is considered one of the breadbaskets of Tanzania: 40% of the regional GDP comes from crop production and 80% of the inhabitants are employed in this sector. As early as 2019, the "Arusha Appeal" had been signed by many researchers to alert on the health consequences of pesticides in Africa.
Faced with this problem, as well as declining soil fertility, the NGOs Îles de Paix, Cari, Recoda and the Mviwata-Arusha farmers' network have created a three-phase project to develop agroecological practices and organic agriculture in the Arusha region. This Support Program for Sustainable Land Management and Agroecological Transition in the Arusha Region (Arutae) has received a 500,000 euro grant from AFD for the first phase currently underway.
The project includes training for farmers, but also training for journalists, vendors and consumers to raise awareness of the entire production and consumption chain.
CARI leads actions on the ground with the rural populations and at the same time advocates internationally for the need for sustainable agriculture based on the principles of agroecology. This approach to development is aimed at the economy and autonomy of populations, in particular in rural and agricultural areas, by reconciling economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable development.
Each farmer commits to sharing his or her knowledge with three other people, thus ensuring wide dissemination of these new practices. In total, the project directly targets 1,500 producers in ten villages, and 30,000 indirectly.
The project will also allow the implementation of a social certification to better identify organic products.
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