COCO, alongside partners The Hoja Project, has been providing sustainable agriculture training to members of the community since 2011. Sustainable agriculture training has had a hugely positive impact on several communities in rural Africa. The training involves using simple, cheap and environmentally friendly techniques to increase crop yield and thus income, allowing families to put food on the table, pay bills and send their children to school. Recent research from a Northumbria University Masters candidate found that income increased by an average of 284% as a result of the training.
Initially, a pilot project was coordinated in two villages close to Songea, in southern Tanzania. By 2014, members of the community who had received training in sustainable agriculture techniques had been able to increase their income by an average of 497%. Furthermore, all of the trained farmers were food secure.
Farmers used their enhanced income to enroll their children in school. Indeed, in Litisha village, the farmers pooled together some of their funds to open a nursery school to equip their children with basic skills ahead of starting primary school.
To enable sustainable agriculture techniques to reach as many people as possible, we have begun to offer training to community-based organisations. These organisations will then be responsible for passing on the techniques to members of their community, meaning more people can be reached more quickly.
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