Strengthening pastoralist voices in Tanzania

Helen de Jode and Ced Hesse

This booklet, and its accompanying DVD, reports on the ‘Strengthening Voices’ project, underway in two districts in northern Tanzania. The project aims to strengthen the capacity of pastoralist communities and local governments to shape strategies for adaptive environmental management and poverty reduction in Tanzania’s drylands. At the core of the project is a training course that explains the economic and ecological processes at the heart of pastoral systems - clarifying the rationale that underpins pastoral livelihood strategies.The course is based on a similar initiative that has been field-tested and run in the Sahel region of West Africa since 2000.

The project is funded by funded by Irish Aid, CORDAID and GORTA and coordinated by two international organizations, the International Institute for Evironment and Development (IIED) and the Dublin-based Kimmage Development Studies Centre (KDSC). It is implemented through partnerships with several umbrella organizations bringing together civil-society, conservation, research and private sector organizations based in Tanzania while the training component is provided at by the  MS-Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MS- TCDC) in Arusha.

The project is designed to be sustainable over the long term. It uses tools and approaches that are transferable and cost effective, enabling them to be taken up in the future by local government and civil society organizations (CSOs) in other parts of Tanzania and the East African region more widely. After three years the project is already beginning to demonstrate how appropriate and targeted training can make a real difference to community, district and national land use planning.

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Themes and sectors: 
Agriculture, fisheries, and food security
Case story length: 
20 pages

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