For the annual party of Nane Nane, the August 8th 2014 (National Agriculture Exhibition), the director of KIHO, Mr. Kateri Genes Daniel and the European volunteer, Mr. Jerome Alain Faes went to Arusha accompanied with five local farmers from Same district, who aimed at visiting Nane Nane National Agriculture Exhibition to discover the novelties regarding agriculture and relative appropriate technologies.
On Monday, KIHO visited some rural women in Kirinjiko, a sub-village of Chajo. It is a 15 minutes drive from Same town along the tarmac road to Dar es Salaam and the sub-village consists of some 70 households. In earlier times, the women sold charcoal to people-passing by in their vehicles on this busy road. However, all the big trees in the area have been cut down in the meantime, bringing the charcoal-making business to a halt. Today, the women rely on selling firewood. However, around their area even the smaller trees have been cut down.
One of the main challenges that we have encountered working in the field with local communities is the lack of statistics. In Tanzania there isn’t a culture of keeping records of what has been done in the past and what is currently happening. The failure to do so has a negative impact on planning for the future because adequate statistics are just not available. Whether it is the individual farmer, local community initiatives or even the official village or sub-village representatives: they are all united by having little or no statistics available to very important and basic things of their surroundings. This gap is not a minor challenge, it is in fact one of the main challenges that rural community development is facing!
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