The Igunga Eco-village project is developed by a diverse group of partners. The sum of skills and experiences of each of the partners leads to a multidisciplinary approach.
Heifer Nederland is the manager of the project and is responsible for the learning and dissemination of lessons learned. These two roles are based on the organization’s substantial experience in management of large projects and its engagement with international learning platforms.
Heifer Tanzania is the direct coordinator of the activities in the project field and and facilitates the cooperation between the district administration and local stakeholders. Heifer’s project officers are largely responsible for the development of training activities, in close cooperation with the Igunga District Council and resource persons from ICIPE and the 3R partnership.
Heifer Tanzania has decades of practical experience in agricultural development and environmentally sustainability projects in rural areas of Tanzania.
Aqua for All
Aqua for All is the coordinator of the 3R partnership, that consists of Acacia Water, MetaMeta and the RAIN. Each of them contributes with their expertise in a specific field. Acacia Water is a leading supplier of practical advice regarding water resources and groundwater challenges. MetaMeta is a consultancy firm focussing on applied research on water and natural resource management, targeting soil and (ground) water and is specialized in process support, training and land use applications. RAIN is an NGO in the field of rain water harvesting with a wide international network and with a focus on coordination of projects and knowledge sharing.
Aqua for All acts as a match maker and program developer in the field of water management and sanitation.
Igunga District Council
The Igunga District Council (IDC) is the main decentralized governance body in the project area. IDC is responsible for the integration of village action plans into district development plans and budgets and for the approval of bylaws. Technical staff of the relevant district departments (water, agriculture, livestock, forestry and community development workers) promote community engagement in the project. They facilitate the Farmer Field Schools, train model farmers, coordinate the learning sites and so on. After the end of the project, the Igunga District Council is responsible for the management of climate change technologies. Its involvement is therefore crucial for project success and sustainability.
ICIPE is an international research institute, based in Kenya, specialized in ‘tropical insect science for development’. ICIPE develops environmentally safe solutions for pest management. ICIPE’s role in the Igunga Eco-village project is to promote the push-pull technology (intercropping sytems that attract or chase pests) for integrated management of insect pests, parasitic weeds and soil fertility.