About the region

Small-scale farming forms the core of the Tanzanian economy and is a source of food, in addition to the provision of employment opportunities for about 75% of Tanzanians. Yet climate change poses a significant threat to this. Many communities living in rural areas are dependent on rain-fed agriculture for farming, and so, as rainfall becomes increasingly erratic and periods of drought become more frequent, their livelihoods are at an even greater risk.

About our partner

Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) is a Tanzanian organisation that has supported smallscale farmers since 2011. SAT educates farmers in sustainable and organic farming practices, aimed at increasing food production and income for farmers in a sustainable way. SAT currently reaches more than 90,000 small-scale farmers, pioneering the way for agro-ecological farming in East Africa.

How we're working together

Excellent Development and SAT are looking to develop a pilot programme which will consist of constructing four sand dams to improve the water supply for four communities and complement an existing project working with women-only groups. The aim is to improve the agricultural productivity, and variety of crops that can be grown, which is currently being constrained by lack of available water.

The longer-term plan is to develop a full programme in Tanzania, and offer a sustainable solution to the water poverty currently experienced in the drylands of Tanzania.