Sustainable Community Development (SUCODE)
The project aims to ensure that communities from the Mkingu Nature Forest Reserve (MkNFR) implement climate adaptation strategies.
1) Rural communities benefit from increased climate resilience by implementing self-developed strategies for adaptation and mitigation of climate change impact.
2) Farmers around Mkingu Nature Forest Reserve increase climate resilience through practicing sustainable farming with positive impact on resilient production and on the environment.
3) Alternative income generation, contract farming and saving and lending activities increase livelihood opportunities for the rural communities.
Target group / Beneficiaries
Direct beneficiaries: the project will work directly with 1,125 community members (55% women, 10% youth, and 2% people with disabilities), 20 extension staff (12 men and 8 women) and 60 other stakeholders.
In addition, the project is assumed to reach 24,500 people indirectly including 25 villages surrounding the MkNFR.
Conduct training sessions for farmers using the Participatory Assessment of Climate and Disaster Risks (PACDR) tool; develop additional 13 Climate Change Adaption Action Plans; train farmers on sustainable farming methodologies including but not limited to soil and water management, mulching and the application of botanical pesticides; establish farmer to farmer trainings; train extension officers on climate change adaptation strategies for agriculture and agroecology; conduct trainings for community members on alternative income generating activities as well as financial saving and lending; introduce companies to farmer communities and support farmers in matching the demand from relevant companies.
The communities living near the MkNFR face numerous socio-economic and political challenges. These include climate change, changes in the use of forest land, soil erosion due to agricultural practices, lack of quality inputs and knowledge on how to use them, lack of irrigation systems, lack of capital investment in agriculture, lack of or inadequate entrepreneurial skills, encroachment of livestock on cultivated land, and low participation of women in village governance and other high-level decision-making bodies. As a result, communities suffer from low yields leading to income loss and increasing food insecurity; production has not been able to expand; time spent on agriculture has decreased; women's workload has increased; rainfall is unreliable; gender inequality has increased.
ADC-co-financing rate: 51.48 %