Serengeti ECO Protection and Development Alliance (SEPDA TANZANIA) was founded and in 1998, registered in 1999 and became re-registered on 1st December 2016. SEPDA TANZANIA have its Headquarters in Serengeti District Mara region and its Liaison office in Morogoro Urban district Morogoro region. We are tree planters, farmers, foresters. We share a vision with many millions of people of Tanzania in which trees and forests flourish and their vital role in sustaining planetary and human well-being is valued. If we come together, we can realize this future. We lose trees at a rate of 50 soccer fields per minute as our food systems destroy our ecosystems. Most of this degradation occurs throughout the country where hundreds of millions of chronically-hungry, smallholder farming families unknowingly use destructive and short-sighted agricultural practices that further degrade their community trees, soil, water and biodiversity, making them even more likely to migrate and more vulnerable to the climate changes that lie ahead. It becomes a cycle.
Since 1999 SEPDA TANZANIA has been helping communities around the country plant trees. Through seed distribution, agroforestry training, and our country programs, we have empowered rural groups to restore tree cover to their lands. Planting trees protects the environment and helps to preserve traditional livelihoods and cultures for generations. We are an agroforestry resource center, working with people to improve livelihoods and restore degraded lands to sustainable productivity through planting beneficial trees.
SEPDA TANZANIA works with farmers on an individual basis to determine their
specific needs. While some farmers may want fruit trees dispersed on their land others may benefit from natural windbreaks and/or living fences, which incorporate hundreds of trees within a farm. Depending on the agroforestry system, some households can incorporate as many as 500 trees per hectare. If a household is using their land for woodlots to produce firewood and construction materials, then 800 trees per hectare can easily be accommodated. Environmental education is a vital component of our program. We work in communities that desire changes and improvements and have a willingness to adapt new ways of co-existing with nature. We teach community leaders and locals how to manage surrounding woodlands so loss of habitat through deforestation and forest degradation will never become a problem. These communities require wood for fodder, fuel and construction materials, so we encourage farmers to plant multi-purpose, fast growing varieties of trees that fulfill these needs in a productive and non-destructive manner. We teach agro forestry techniques to local farmers so food can be produced without utilizing traditional slash and burn agriculture and the consequent clearing and degradation of numerous acres of land.
Incorporating well designed agroforestry practices into farming systems helps alleviate the pressure being exerted on existing natural resources, resulting in a sustainable and resilient ecosystem. An important distinction in our work is that the trees planted in our program belong not to us, but to the local community. These trees are planted in order to address the needs they consider most important. Because the trees are owned by the individual participants and communities, our projects foster civic engagement through stakeholder participation and encourage long-term involvement.
Environmental education is a vital component of our program. We work in
communities that desire changes and improvements and have a willingness to
adapt new ways of co-existing with nature. We teach community leaders and
locals how to manage surrounding woodlands so loss of habitat through
deforestation and forest degradation will never become a problem. Since 2016,
we have trained 1,375 women, 469 men and 2,378 youth and in Kagera,
Mara, Mbeya, Morogoro and Songwe regions. These are the direct beneficiaries
Our mission is to end hunger and poverty by training farmers to regenerate their land through agroforestry system and protect environment.
We work every day to:
- plant trees and restore forests
- strengthen community and ecosystem resilience
- provide sustainable fuel, food and medicine for households and markets
- Add value chain for the fruits that go into waste during the season through training women groups
And we make the greatest difference by supporting emerging community based groups to grow and become independent forest conservation families. This way, we restore forests and promote cultures of forest conservation and restoration. We’re Non profit local NGO. Our job is to eradicate extreme poverty in all its forms by using locally available resources.
Agroforestry is a simple, replicable, and scalable approach with proven success. How? It starts with trees. Through our 5-year training program, called Agroforestry or the Forest Garden Approach, farmers plant thousands of trees that protect and bring nutrients back to the soil. This helps farmers grow a variety of fruits and vegetables. Agroforestry farmers gain increases in income and access to food, even in the first year, all while improving the environment.
The goal of this project is to sustainably rehabilitate, protect and manage the natural resources and endangered species of the project focus area while increasing the livelihood security and income generating capacity of project participants. This goal will be accomplished through meeting the following project objectives:
1. Implementing a training program on agroforestry and sustainable land management practices to smallholder farmers and household heads (women and men), local development agents, and youth environmental clubs
2. Enhancing soil health and conservation through the extension of agroforestry practices to be implemented in smallholder farmers’ fields and gardens.
3. Mobilizing and assisting communities to plant trees that will restore health and productivity to degraded and over-used lands, while providing forage crops to discourage harmful grazing practices as well as fuel wood to discourage further deforestation.
4. Assisting communities to reforest watersheds in order to prevent erosion and increase ground water volume and purity
5. Training small-holder farmers on tree seedling production and seed production, collection and storage with main focus on moringa oleifera
6. Managing 50 community tree nurseries for seedling production to be used for tree planting activities
We have goal to plant 20 million trees by December 2022.