Micro Economies


Nowadays the local livestock herds are experiencing insufficient pasture, undernourishment, poor veterinary services, which more often result in consequent over-grazing or migration and physical weaknesses of the livestock heads. This in turn reduces the resilience of the system and decreases the capacity to protect grazing areas, also increasing the need of emergency exit strategies, such a rapid sale of herds below the market value, which results in a substantial loss of capital. Moreover, the absence or lack of alternative income-generating activities, depending for instance to poor slaughtering and meat processing infrastructures, is evident.


This is our strategy to increase the economic asset of pastoralist communities:
Creation of a cooperative of women and young males able to apply appropriate slaughtering, meat preservation (drying and salting) and introduction of vegetable leather tanning technique;
Improve livestock breeds and livestock management practices;
• Introduction of small scale farming of sorghum, highly resistant to drought, indigenous and open pollinated, as a staple food.

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Leather tanning technology Report of the training conducted at Mkuru, Arusha, from 29th February to 22nd March, 2016

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Project timeline
1st year
Rangelands baseline and water storage increased capacity.
Assess the ground conditions and construct/rehabilitate the water infrastructures, understand the ecological and socio-economic scenario and design appropriate trainings to be delivered afterwards.
2nd year
Establish a women cooperative for dry meat and leather production.
Delivery of trainings to 500 women and young pastoralists, establishment of a cooperative for slaughtering, meat preservation leather tanning technique, small scale farming of drought resistant cereals.
3rd year
Establish a Climate Centre of Knowledge and improve awareness.
Set up a Climate Change of knowledge to centralise information at the headquarters at the Arusha campus of the NM-AIST University, enhance awareness and communication on the subject.
4th year
Set up a functional Climate Change Unit and capacitate staff at Arusha and Meru Districts.
Establish a CC Unit, deliver trainings to the Districts’ technical staff, deliver trainings on monitoring of Climate Change hazards, revise village land use plans to include CC.