PWS&D is responding in Tanzania to end hunger and help farm families break persistent cycles of poverty.
In the Kishapu district of Tanzania, farmers struggle to transform their barren plots of land into healthy crops of maize and sorghum. Frequent droughts and poor soil quality make it difficult to grow enough food or earn a living. Because there is not enough healthy food to eat, many children are threatened by malnutrition and parents have to leave their families to find work in neighbouring regions.
PWS&D is working with the Africa Inland Church of Tanzania (AICT) to overcome these challenges and improve food security. Farmers are provided with seeds and training in conservation agriculture – a farming technique that minimizes soil disturbance and maintains moisture and nutrients in the soil – to increase crop yields. Drought tolerant seeds and training in proper nutrition also mean families have more to eat, nutritious diets and health, and a sustainable source of food.
Like Paul and Catherine, Jared Abdrea says that while his maize crop was planted only a month ago, the seeds planted have already emerged. He remarks that this is something he has never experienced before.
Jinna Njingula remembers the village experiencing high crop yields farming on small plots of land using only a hoe when he was young. By adapting to the conservation agriculture techniques taught through the project, Jinna believes they are returning to their roots and healing the land. By protecting the soil, conserving water and using organic fertilizers, he expects better yields for years to come.
In addition to improving food security, completed water projects in Tanzania have helped increase access to community water sources, build new wells and install water storage tanks for schools. Communities are experiencing improved sanitation and fewer cases of water-borne diseases. As a result, people are leading healthier lives – children attend school more frequently and families are able to focus their energy on income generating activities to improve their quality of life.