COMMUNITY BASED APPROACH IN COMBATING BANANA XANTHOMONAS WILT (BXW) FOR FOOD SECURITY, POVERTY REDUCTION AND SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS (PILOT PROJECT) IN NSHAMBA AND RUBALE DIVISIONS OF MULEBA AND BUKOBA DISTRICTS, KAGERA REGION, TANZANIA

Banana is major staple food crop in Kagera region and in other countries of East African Great Lakes region. It is an important cash and food crop for more than 2 million people of Kagera Region. Banana dominates the diet of the Bahaya people of Kagera Region. Bananas are also important source of income for farmers and they provide ecological functions such as protection of the soil against erosion and leaching.

Despite the significance of banana for the food security, incomes and livelihoods of the communities in Kagera region (Tanzania), the crop is significantly threatened by banana Xanthomonas wilt (BXW) (Xanthomonas campenstris pv.musacerum).

KADETFU is planning to implement a project on IMPROVING THE LIVES OF PEOLE WITH DISABILITIES THROUGH PROMOTING THEIR ECONOMIC STANDARD in which a series of seminars and workshops under this project will be held. The project will also include provision vocational education to them for employment creation and supporting them with materials through a revolving fund scheme for deployment and self employment. The project targets to support 2,092 PWDs from four districts of Misenye, Bukoba urban, Muleba and Bukoba rural.

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KADETFU has been using among other approaches the sanitation micro-credit revolving fund scheme in her previous project and it has shown remarkable achievements.

Sanitation micro-credit revolving fund scheme is a strategy for bringing about transformation and improved delivery system for water and sanitation services in the rural and urbanized communities.  The overall objective of the micro-credit scheme (SMcS) is to establish a sustainable revolving water and sanitation credit fund in order to meet the credit needs of poor households to get access to clean water and improved sanitation. It is a mechanism for sustainability as the fund will revolve from one community to another even after the donor exit. The driving force for this strategy is “social marketing” that creates “social demand” for services.

KADETFU is planning to implement a project on CLIMATE CHANGE AWARENESS CREATION in which a series of seminars and workshops under this project will be held.
KADETFU is focusing on ensuring that awareness on Climate change is spread to the community so as to minimize the effects through promotion of environmental management systems and reduce pressure on exploitation of living and non-living resources in KAGERA region. It also aims at decreasing its impact through sustainable utilization of resources.  Additionally the project focuses on identification of the most affected areas in the project area and thereby plans on rehabilitation through participatory planning.  In order to attain the intended goal, KADETFU will also conduct workshops on impact mitigation.  The project will involve Trainers and Consultants on Climate change as well as prominent people with good experience on climatic issues and their mitigation strategies. 

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KADETFU
KAGERA DEVELOPMNT AND CREDIT REVOLVING FUND
A CONCEPT PAPER ON PROMOTION OF UPLAND RICE FARMING IN TANZANIA
(A PILOT PROJECT IN KAGERA, MWANZA AND COAST REGIONS)

1.0 BACKGROUND INFORMATION

According to the National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of  Poverty (NSGRP) (MKUKUTA), most of the communities in Tanzania live below the poverty line, the indicator being that they live below 1 US$ per day.  They experience food scarcity and food insecurities overtime. Nevertheless, there are no any early warning initiatives to overcome calamities such as drought and deficiencies. In order to address this and attain MKUKUTA objectives and the Millennium Development Goals (e.g. MDG-1) Eradication of Extreme Poverty and Hunger by half by the year 2015†several interventions have to be taken that includes, eradicating hunger by ensuring food security while taking into account environmental sustainability of the land resource.

Vision Statement

We envisage a friendly environment and a healthy, prosperous, and just society that is committed to solution of its problems independently and sustainably.

Mission Statement

KADETFU is committed to protect human rights, conserve the environment, facilitate promotion of social, economic, cultural development and empower the society.

Objectives

Economic promotion by enhancing income opportunities to ensure food availability at household level in urban and rural areas through improving community capacities and research.