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Don’t miss the Webinar on Strengthening Climate Resilience;Lessons learned from 5 Eco-villages in Tanzania

Webinar Heifer Ecovillage

Lessons learned from 5 Ecovillages in Tanzania
Initiated by Heifer Nederland
Tuesday April 2nd | 12.00 – 12.45 EAT | 11.00 – 11.45 CEST | check local timings here
In Tanzania the European Union has funded 5 pilot projects, to test different integrated climate resilience
approaches. These so-called Ecovillages are now in their fourth and last year. In this webinar these Ecovillages will
explain their approach to strengthen climate change adaptation, each highlighting the successes, challenges and
learnings of one key intervention.
The webinar will address topics such as: regreening, farmer managed natural regeneration, water interventions and
improving rangelands to increase the resilience of pastoralists.
All projects belong to the EU’s Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) initiative that aims to help the world’s
most vulnerable countries to address climate change. ( The webinar starts with a short
introduction by the GCCA+ from the EU.
All Ecovillages will be represented by a speaker from the field:
• Eco-Boma: A climate resilient model for Maasai steppe pastoralists
• Integrated Approaches for Climate Change Adaptation in the East Usambara Mountains and
• Igunga Eco-Village Project – increasing farmers resilience to climate change


• Scalable Resilience: Outspreading Islands of Adaptation
• Eco-Act (Chololo 2.0): Eco-Village Adaptation to Climate Change in Central Tanzania
How to attend?
▪ Go to on ‘Enter as Guest’
▪ Enter a user name (e.g. your name and organization)
▪ Click on ‘Enter Room’
We will use Adobe Connect to run the webinar. You can test Adobe Connect in advance on your computer
through this link.)

Heifer International Tanzania Participates at the Association of Local Authorities in Tanzania’s (ALAT) Annual General Meeting.



Heifer Tanzania’s Country Director, Ms. Leticia Mpuya presenting at ALAT’s meeting

Heifer International Tanzania through its Igunga Eco- Village Project has shared its work to participants at the ALAT Annual General meeting. The meeting was held in Dodoma City from September 24th to September 28th, 2018.

This meeting gathered approximately 500 participants from each District of Tanzania mainland and was officiated by the Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Kassim Majaliwa Kassim.

Presenting at the meeting, Heifer International Tanzania’s Country Director, Ms. Leticia Mpuya explained that Heifer in Tanzania is implementing projects that aims at ending hunger and poverty in Tanzania.

“Our work in Tanzania is focused in increasing small holder farmers’ income through interventions in local poultry and Dairy value chains. In this year we have been able to reach out to over 14,000 households.” Added Ms. Leticia Mpuya.

Visitors getting information at Heifer’s booth

Among other activities, Heifer International Tanzania explicated to the meeting participants some climate change adaptation technologies implemented by the Igunga Eco- Village project in Igunga District to facilitate replication of these technologies in other regions of Tanzania.

This included knowledge on tree planting, the use of biogas and fuel-efficient stoves, Push- Pull technology, the use of rope pumps in shallow wells, fish farming, the use of local chicken brooders, agro-forestry and the use of bio fertility.




Igunga Eco- Village Project Enables adaptation to Climate Resilient Technologies at Farmers’ Day Exhibition














Visitors learning on how the rope pump works

Farmers attending Farmers’ Day exhibition commonly known as “Nane nane” in Tanzania have adapted to some climate resilient technologies demonstrated during the Nane nane week at Tabora region in Tanzania. The technologies were exhibited by the Igunga Eco-Village project at the Farmers’ day exhibition held in Tabora Region on the first week of August 2018.This was done with the objective of showcasing the project work to visitors at Nane nane grounds.

Among other farmers, Mr. Rajabu Kiteu (62) a resident of Mpera Ward located at Tabora Municipal Council, ordered a chicken brooder that was constructed by a Farmers Field School facilitator, Rev. Yusuph Shani who participated at the exhibition.

Mr. Kiteu holding his completed chicken brooder

According to Mr. Kiteu, he was attracted to order the chicken brooder after getting valuable information on its functionality at the Igunga Eco- Village’s pavilion.

“I had never seen the chicken brooder before. Mr. Shani explained to me that through this brooder my chicks will be protected. I look forward to having a raised number of chickens in my shed and there will be no more chicks’ mortality that has been disturbing me for so many years.

I have only paid 50,000 Tshs. (21.9 USD) to get this brooder. This is a very small amount of money compared to the profit that I look forward to getting through my chicken project.

Additionally, I am planning to install the rope pump at my home. The project’s local artisan has already visited my home for survey purpose. I look forward to installing the rope pump before end of this year” With all smiles explained Mr. Kiteu

Other Climate resilient technologies demonstrated at Tabora’s Nane nane exhibition included the use of Rope pump, Eco- Sani pan latrines, chicken brooder and the Tulip water filter.

Other climate resilient technologies included tree planting, rain water harvesting technology, Agro- forestry, push- pull technology, kitchen garden and fish cages.

During the exhibition week over 1,400 visitors visited the Igunga Eco- village’s pavilion. Among them 30 visitors showed interest in adapting to the chicken brooder technology;31 showed interest in bio fertility technology, and 2 showed interest in the rope pump technology. All of them registered their names and the local artisans will follow up on them.

Bio-fertility Adds Value for Farmer in Igunga

My name is John Kang’weji. I am 56 years old. I live at Mwakipoleja hamlet of Mbutu Village in Igunga District. I am so thankful for the knowledge on bio-fertilizers that I received from the Igunga Eco-Village Project. This has added value to my farm and I look forward to having higher crops yield that I never got before.

Kang’weji was one of the 50 farmers who participated in training on bio-fertility technology, which included the making of bio-fertilizer products such as liquid bio-fertilizer/booster, compost, ginger and garlic extract repellants, and ash solution using locally available materials. Through these technologies, Kang’weji has been able to control pest attacks and improve soil fertility in the one-acre cotton farm he cultivated in 2017.

For the past three years, Kang’weji has been growing cotton on the same farm, but the crop was destroyed by pests and did not have the quality that he is seeing now.

Following the training, he prepared bio-fertilizer by himself and applied it on his farm. This has added soil fertility and the results are good, contrary to when he used manufactured fertilizers. Additionally, his cotton plants now look healthier.

“I am expecting a good harvest this year. I think it will reach up to one tonne of cotton. Last year, I only harvested 200 Kgs of cotton from the very same field. Thanks to the Igunga Eco-Village project for giving me this valuable knowledge. I look forward to becoming a rich man through cotton’s selling.”

Bio-fertility technology uses locally available organic waste raw materials — for example, bran, rice husk, local beer, yeast, rock dust, cow dung, etc. — to provide a natural source of nutrients, which are slowly released into the soil and nourish crops. This economic and highly effective technology for increasing crop yield also improves soil nutrients, moisture, and pest and disease management. Soil enriched with organic matter is also a hidden water-harvesting technique. Compost can absorb and retain water four to seven times its own weight, which helps to build-up green water storage within the soil profile. Any farmer can make and use this technology with proper training.


Rain water harvesting tank appreciated by farmers in Igunga District

“Since we started using rain water from our tank, we have never suffered from waterborne diseases contrary to the tap water from our District. This water is safe and clean, and we use it throughout the year for drinking and cooking. May God bless the Igunga Eco-Village project for introducing this technology at our ward” Happily said Rev. Yusuph Shani

Rev. Yusuph Shani (54) is a farmer living at Mwayunge street of Igunga ward located in Igunga District. He is among the 8 local artisans that were trained by the Igunga Eco-Village project in water intervention. The training was conducted in August 2016, whereby the local artisans were trained on construction of small to medium low-cost rooftop rainwater harvesting tanks, siting and construction of shallow wells, pit latrine construction and construction of rope pumps.

According to Rev Shani, the knowledge he acquired from the project is so beneficial to him and has transformed his family’s life. This is because he decided to implement this knowledge at his home whereby he constructed a tank that can collect and store up to 4,000 liters of rain water. The tank’s construction was so cheap for him and he completed this in June 2017 at a cost of 219,000 T. shillings only. This is contrary to two wells that he constructed at his home in the past that costed him over 500,000 T.Shillings each.

Rev. Shani added that he is now assured of getting fresh and clean water from the tank and this has made him and his family to live a comfortable life that is free from waterborne diseases; his family is no longer walking out for fetching water.

“I am now a proud father, my wife and children are no longer going out of the house for fetching water. This has served time and energy spent in fetching water. Not only that they are now enjoying water from the tap installed inside the house” Happily explained Rev. Shani

Rev. Shani filling his bucket with the rain water through a pipe installed within his house

Rev. Shani is also looking forward to using his skills to construct some rain water harvest tanks at his neighbours’ houses and to him this is a business opportunity.

“This knowledge is a business opportunity to me. Four of my neighbours have consulted me to help in construction of rain water harvesting tanks at their homes. Each one of them will pay me a fee of 100,000 T.Shillings. I look forward to using this income in paying my son’s school fees and meeting my family’s basic needs.” Added Rev. Shani.

Rev. Shani is currently in the process of constructing another tank of 100,000 liters capacity. When this is completed, he expects to start selling rain water to his neighbours.

The Igunga Eco- Village has constructed a total of 9 rooftop rain water harvesting tanks in Mbutu and Igunga ward. These tanks were constructed as demo tanks for the farmers to learn and adopt. Currently, a total of 9 farmers have adopted and constructed the rain water harvesting tanks at their homes. This includes 4 at Mbutu ward, 3 at Igunga ward and 2 others at the neighboring wards that are out of the project area.

Kitchen Garden Provides Income and Nutrition in Igunga District

Vivian pausing at her kitchen garden
Establishment of Kitchen gardens at Igunga District has proved to be a source of income and nutrition to farmers at Mbutu and Igunga ward, located in Igunga District.

Vivian Philemon (30) is among the kitchen garden  beneficiaries empowered by the Igunga Eco-Village project. The project constructed a demo Kitchen garden at her household in Mbutu Village in November 28th, 2017; whereby together with other 14 women they were taught on how to construct the kitchen gardens to enhance adoption of this technology by other households in the village.

Vivian explained that she is so grateful to the Igunga Eco-Village project for constructing this kitchen garden at her home and this has been beneficial to her family.

“Thanks to the Igunga Eco-Village project, I am now enjoying some fresh vegetables only at a zero distance from my house. I am no longer worried of getting vegetables. Whether I have money or not, I am assured of eating.

In my Kitchen garden I have planted spinach, chinese, green peppers and pumpkins. Not only we benefit from eating vegetables, but I also sell vegetables to my neighbours and earn money.

From this kitchen garden I have earned a profit of 70,000 T.Shillings through which I have been able to dig a toilet pit. Soon I will complete the construction of a pit latrine at my compound. I will no longer use my neighbour’s toilet. I am so grateful to the Eco- Village project.” Happily, said Vivian.

Vivian is also looking forward to start constructing kitchen gardens at her neighbours’ household. According to her over 5 neighbours have consulted her and they are now collecting the construction materials.

The Igunga Eco- Village project  have introduced the Kitchen gardens at the project area with the objective of increasing food nutrition and security through vegetable production to farmers. A total of 12 kitchen gardens have been constructed at families located in Igunga and Mbutu wards. These were established as demo plots for other farmers to learn and adopt.

The Igunga Eco-Village Project Shares Climate Change Adaptation Technologies to the Regional Consultative Committee Members

Project staff,Vincent Mallya and Goodluck Estomih presenting at the RCC meeting

The Igunga Eco-Village project has participated at the Tabora Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) meeting and reached out to over 120 key Officials for Tabora region with the knowledge on Climate change adaptation technologies. The meeting chaired by the Regional Commissioner for Tabora Region, Hon. Aggrey Mwanri was held on Friday, 2nd March 2018 in Tabora region.

The project was invited to participate at this meeting with the purpose of sharing the work implemented by the project in Igunga District to facilitate spreading of the technologies to other Districts of Tabora Region.

Participants at the RCC meeting listening to the project’s presentation

Among other activities, Tabora’s RCC members learned on the Climate change adaptation technologies implemented by the project in Igunga District including the Push- pull technology, chicken brooder, tree planting, the use of fuel efficient stoves and biogas digesters as well as rope pump and rain water harvesting tanks. Some project publications were also disseminated to the RCC members.

The Parliamentarian for Igunga Constituency, Hon. Dr. Dalali Peter Kafumu who also participated at the meeting thanked the project for the tireless efforts in teaching some climate change adaptation strategies to the residents of Igunga and called upon the Igunga District Council’s support in ensuring sustainability of the technologies after the project end.
“The project is doing a great job at Igunga. I request the Igunga District Council to ensure these good climate change adaptation technologies are sustainable even after the project end. They should have some proper plans to sustain the good work done by this project” Hon. Dr. Kafumu said.

The RCC meeting participants included the Regional Commissioner for Tabora region, the District Commissioners, District Executive Directors, District Administrative Secretaries, Parliamentarians, Religious leaders, Political party leaders, representatives from Non-Governmental Organizations, Private Sectors, Government agencies, journalists and all the key stakeholders for Tabora region.

Parliamentarians Commends Igunga Eco-village efforts in Environmental Conservation.

Parliamentarians together with Heifer International Tanzania’s staff

Tanzanian Parliamentary Committee on Industry, Trade and Environment has commended the Igunga Eco-Village project efforts in environmental conservation at Igunga District of Tanzania.

The praises were given at the project forum with this Parliamentary Committee on Saturday 28th October 2017 in Dodoma Region where a total of 13 Parliamentarians participated.

The forum aimed at sharing with Parliamentarians some climate change adaptation strategies implemented by the project in Igunga district and advocate for policies in favor of the project interventions.

Dr. Lazaro Kapella responding to some questions asked by Parliamentarians

Among other activities, Parliamentarians learned on the Climate change adaptation strategies implemented by the project in Igunga District including the Push- pull technology, chicken brooder, tree planting, the use of fuel efficient stoves and biogas digesters as well as rope pump and rain water harvesting tanks.

A live testimony on how the project has transformed a farmer, Mr. Mathias Luhende’s life attracted all the Parliamentarians while Mr. Luhende was presenting at the forum. He is a farmer living at Makomero Village who has adopted most of the project interventions including the biogas, fuel efficient stove, tree planting, chicken brooder and push pull technologies.

“The Eco-village project has taught me some good agricultural practices that I never knew before; through applying them, I have earned a lot of money that has helped in renovating my house into a modern one. I never thought I could do this before, because my harvests were always poor.” Happily, testified Mr. Luhende.

The Acting Parliamentary Committee on Industry, Trade and Environment Chairman, Dr. Dalali Kafumu, who is also the Parliamentarian for Igunga District thanked the project for the tireless efforts in teaching some climate change adaptation strategies to the residents of Igunga.

The Interim Senior Program Manager for Heifer International Tanzania, Dr. Lazaro Kapella, thanked the Parliamentarians for attending this forum and called upon their support in sharing the climate change adaptation technologies implemented by the Igunga Eco-village project to other parts of Tanzania.

Government officials learn from the Igunga Eco-Village project

Hon. Aggrey Mwanri and the Tabora Region officials observing a tree planted by the Village Natural Resource Management Committee at Mwang’haranga village

“The Igunga Eco-Village project is so unique and I am commending it for the remarkable efforts in fighting against drought in Igunga District. This project is doing a great job in providing the residents of Igunga District with the knowledge on climate change adaptation strategies. I am advising the residents of Igunga District to adapt these good technologies that will mitigate problems caused by drought in the district of Igunga” Said the Regional Commissioner for Tabora Region, Hon Aggrey Mwanri while opening the knowledge sharing and learning forum organized by the Igunga Eco-Village project on September 18th and 19th, 2017.

This was a two days forum organized by the project in collaboration with the Igunga District. The forum aimed at knowledge sharing and learning on the climate change adaptation strategies implemented by the project in Igunga District to facilitate replication of the strategies to other parts of Tabora region. A total of 10 officials from the Tabora Regional Commissioner’s Office participated at the forum. The officers were from the departments of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries development, Community development, Natural Resource Management, Water and Economics.

24 officials from the Igunga District Council, led by the District Commissioner, Hon. John Mwaipopo and the Igunga Eco-village staff were present throughout the visit and shared their experiences in climate change adaptation strategies with the visitors. They also learned from the Regional experts on how to improve implementation of the demonstrated climate change adaptation technologies.

Mr. Emmanuel Nstari switching on the biogas cooker for the visitors to see how it works

Led by the Regional Commissioner for Tabora Region, Hon. Aggrey Mwanri the delegates visited Mbutu ward whereby demonstration on fuel efficient stove, biogas, chicken brooder technology and the Tulip water filter were done by the farmers that have benefited from these innovations. The visitors were impressed and asked questions for clarifications on how the technologies function.

At Mwabakima dispensary, the delegates learned how the rain water harvest tank constructed by the project works and visited the tree nursery planted at Mwang’haranga primary school.

The visitors were also impressed by the Pass on the Gift ceremony that was done at Mbutu ward whereby the Mshikamano chicken husbandry group passed on a total of 69 chickens to 24 members of the Upendo group.

Pass On the Gift ceremony
On his remarks after the Pass on the Gift ceremony Hon. Mwanri explained that he is so impressed by the ceremony and he advised the group members that have received chickens to also pass on the Gift to other farmers to ensure livelihood improvement among all the farmers at the project area.

The Igunga Eco-village project attract visitors at the Farmer’s Day in Tanzania (Nane nane)

The Igunga Eco-Village project in collaboration with the Igunga District Council has joined other stakeholders in commemorating the Farmers Day (Nane nane) in Tabora region. The farmers Day exhibition started from August 1st to August 8th, 2017 whereby the project activities were displayed at the Igunga District Council’s pavilion.

The project used this avenue to educate farmers from other districts of Tabora and Kigoma regions on various climate resilient technologies including the Chicken brooder, fuel efficient stove, vegetable gardening, the use of drip irrigation, tree planting, Eco-sanipan pit latrine, rope pump,the ox-drawn scoop and the Tulip water filter. The technologies were elaborated by farmers from the project area .The farmers also testified how the project has empowered them on those technologies.

See the Nane nane event featured below

The Regional Commissioner for Tabora region, Hon. Aggrey Mwanri being briefed on the Igunga Eco-village’s work by the Communications and Learning Officer, Ms. Mercy Nyanda.

The project Assistant -Agriculture, Ms. Sophia Tesha demonstrating the drip irrigation to visitors.

The Project Manager, Ms. Stella Thomas describing how the Tulip water filter works to visitors at the project booth

Mr. Mathias Luhende, a farmer from Makomero village demonstrating how the chicken brooder technology works to Kigoma’s Regional Commissioner, Hon. E. Maganga (in grey suit).

The Project Assistant- Natural Resource Management, Mr. Joseph Mafuru explaining how the Tulip water filter works to the District Commissioner for Nzega District, Hon. Godfrey Ngupula (in blue suit).

The local artisan, Mr. Benjamin Isaya (in blue cap) from Mgongoro village demonstrating how the rope pump works to visitors .

Visitors at Nane nane ground observing how the fuel-efficient stove works.