Empowering Tanzanian Farmers
Tanzania is one of the most fertile countries in Africa. So why are there annual food shortages? This is due to Tanzania experiencing longer periods of drought from May to October. We aim to show Tanzanian students/farmers how to sustainably grow crops even in times of drought. In this way, we hope to make a valuable contribution to more efficient agriculture in Tanzania!
In collaboration with the YEP-Tanzania foundation, we will spend three months at a farm-school in Misungwi, Northern Tanzania, working on the installation of a water irrigation system for the outdoor fields of the farm.
This project has two main goals: a technical one and an educational one. The technical goal focuses on developing an irrigation system for the outdoor fields of the farm. This will enable harvesting even during the dry season, contributing to increased agricultural production and the farm's commercial objectives. The second goal is to encourage local young Tanzanians to become commercial farmers. YEP teaches these local students/farmers how to start their own commercial farm and make investment decisions. We will try to impart this knowledge by involving them in our investments on the farm and explaining the impact of those investments.
Meet the team:
We are Gijs (mechanical engineering), Sjoerd (aerospace engineering), and Sara (international development), and we are a team within the minor International Entrepreneurship & Development at TU-Delft.
Because of our different academic backgrounds, we have a wide range of expertise in both socio-economic and technical fields. This will help us to be successful in Tanzania not only technically but also to have a positive impact on the people involved!
To make our project successful, we need your financial support. The target amount is 4000 euros. With that money, we can install a new irrigation system and improve the existing system. This will make the farm less dependent on seasons and demonstrate to the local community what is possible in the field of commercial farming. We would like to emphasize that all travel expenses and living costs are entirely borne by ourselves. This means that 100% of the raised amount will be directly invested in the project.
The raised money will go towards the following investments:
- New water tank for storage of 10,000 L: €1000
- Installation of irrigation system: €1500
- Improvement of water pump (solar panels and a new pump): €1000
We appreciate any form of financial contribution to support our project.
If you have any questions about the project or are interested in a collaboration, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach us by phone at +31628804080. For additional information about the farm and YEP-Tanzania, you can visit https://yeptanzania.or.tz/.
Thank you very much!
Gijs, Sara & Sjoerd