Community action for rural youth in Tanzania
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CTA. 2002. Community action for rural youth in Tanzania. Rural Radio Resource Pack 02/1. Wageningen, The Netherlands: CTA.
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This report comes from Arusha in northern Tanzania, where CADECT, a non-government organisation, is assisting young people and women through grassroots training, and group development. The report also includes comments from the Arusha district extension officer, who advocates the need for modern agricultural techniques to change the perception that farming is old-fashioned.
Community action for rural youth in Tanzania CUE: Across Africa there are many non-government organisations that are targeting young people, and helping them to start income-generating projects, rather than moving to towns in search of work. One such example is CADECT, an NGO working with women and youth in northern Tanzania. Lazarus Laiser went to Arusha to meet the co-ordinator of the organisation, and some of the young people who have benefited from its work, who are now earning a living through agriculture. He also spoke to the agricultural extension officer for Arusha district, about the problems facing young people, and what solutions could be found to help them. IN: ?The poor performance of the agricultural ? OUT: ? villages now is not there. DUR?N 5?02? BACK ANNOUNCEMENT: Mrs Sakina Ghale closing that report on some work being done to encourage young people in Tanzania to make a living in the rural areas. Transcript Laiser The poor performance of the agricultural sector has increased the number of rural people in Arusha living in a poverty condition. Noting the above statement, CADECT, was established in February 2000 to assist and promote development activities, by providing education and practical knowledge at the grassroots level. I met with Mrs Subira Mawenya, the project co-ordinator of CADECT. She started by telling the meaning of CADECT. Mawenya CADECT is an abbreviation for Community Action for Development Economic and Environmental Conservation Trust. Laiser What are your objectives in your project? Mawenya CADECT objectives are, first to create awareness in the community with emphasis on youth and women, in environmental conservation and all necessity development issues. Second is to promote human rights and gender awareness. Also the objective is to promote women and youth income generating projects, and to provide necessary skills and knowledge to youth and women groups. Laiser All countries need to find ways to encourage able and motivated young people to stay in rural areas, and if possible to stay working in agriculture. How are you helping youth to stay working in agriculture? Mawenya We promote the agricultural issues by educating them how to start their own projects, there at the village level, instead of going in town. Laiser In the study tour arranged and conducted by CADECT I met with young farmers who benefited a lot from agricultural activities. The first one is Mr Thobias Saitabau who is living in Ngorbob village Arusha. Saitabau [Vernac] Sincerely speaking, this means earns me a high income. The live example is that yesterday I sold tree seeds and flowers for forty thousands. I can also sell one Toyota pick up of grass for sixteen thousands. As you can see these bricks I made all to build a modern house. Not only that but right now as I speak, I have many bags of maize in the store. So I have no need of going to look for employment in town and I am afraid I won?t find employment that can pay me the same way as my own self employment in agriculture. Laiser [Vernac] Mr Julius Mollel is saying, ?Through agriculture I have bought my solar energy which I am now using free of charge. Before here I was buying kerosene for three thousands per month. By this same agriculture I have taken a form ready to send my son to study in English medium school which is actually so expensive?. As he was appreciated like this.[Sound of clapping] Laiser Mrs Sakina Ghale is the Arumeru district agriculture extension officer here in Arusha, Tanzania. She is also a board member of CADECT. When I met her, she gave her comments about the youth in agriculture. Ghale Most of the youth in the rural areas used to run away after their primary school education. They just feel it is not good to stay there in the rural area, and they just go to town and find the employment. Laiser There is a perception that agriculture is old-fashioned so you will not get benefit from it, because even our parents have been getting nothing from it. How will you change that perception? Ghale If the agricultural is being used in a new technologies, or if they change their methods using the scientific results from the research centres, then they will come up with the good results. Something else that I want to comment, for example today we brought about twenty youth from two villages in Arusha and Arumeru districts. We just took them to the farmers whom have just used their resources to improve their lives. And most of the youth who have come together, have learned a lot in this place where we brought them, and most of them they promised us that they are going to do the same in their places where they come from. And the idea of running away from their villages now is not there. End of tape.