Tanzania like other Sub-Saharan African countries is vulnerable to severe weather events such as droughts, floods and storms which have statistically imposed heavy costs in mitigation rather than making development. Climate change in Tanzania is not only affecting resident livelihoods and socio-economic development, but also the
productivity of the agricultural sector which is a key economic activity for majority of rural and urban communities across the country. Climate change trends shown that’s about 23,293,797 Ha of covered trees in Tanzania were ruined by human activities in 2018. The effects of climate change in the country are widespread and significantly interfere with agriculture, while at the same time reducing the ability of society to deliver services. Several Efforts to overcome the problem have taken some positive steps however the efforts done so far are insufficient. The initiatives which were done by various institutions including government and development partners were constrained by inadequate resources including funds, poor coordination and implementation and embezzlements of the available resources from some of the institutions.
Morogoro Region is one among the 30 regions in Tanzania which have been affected by the climate change. Recently in 2020, the region has experienced heavy rainfall with a lot of destruction of bridges, roads, farms, residential houses and soil erosion. From 2001 to 2018, Morogoro lost 270kha of tree cover, equivalent to a 7.4% decrease in tree cover since 2000, and 73.9Mt of CO₂ emissions (Global forest watch). The storms and heavy rainfall within the region have resulted from the climate change. Human activities including charcoals, sand extraction, hunting of animals, agricultural activities are some of the factors influencing climate change in the region.
Currently, there is a limited effort in understanding to what extent planting of trees in Secondary and Primary schools in Tanzania could be one among the best approach in combating climate change impact in Tanzania. Most of the public schools especial in rural Tanzania have enough land for tree planting; however the understanding of community on the contribution of the school land to toward combating climate change is too limited. Save the Future Foundation (STFF) has devoted to fight against climate change in Tanzania through Tanzania Green Community Program (TGCP). This is an environmental program that was designed by STFF as a means of conserving our environment with particular emphasis to schools, community, mountain and water catchment areas in Morogoro Region. The emphasis of the program is to plant various trees including fruits and shade trees in the school and other community compound so as to exhaust social and economic potentials from the plants.
In order to contribute to the environmental and economic objectives in Tanzania, STFF is planning for a project that seeks to support tree nurseries growers through capacity building and tree planting campaign in
government schools and their surrounding community. By growing fruits and other varieties of trees they will be provide wholesome fruit along with shade, clean air, beauty and enrichment for the communities. With presence of fresh fruit, it will be easier for students to follow dietary and nutritious guidelines.
Growing fruit with children offers a unique chance to teach them about the importance of healthy foods and nutrition. Whether the fruit-eaters are children, animals or impoverished neighbors fruit trees take advantage of Mother Nature’s natural resources system and deliver shade, soil conditioning, food for wildlife and food for humans and animals. And it lasts for decades. That is a lot for one simple plant to gift us with. Save The Future Foundation Would like to join the force with community to make our Country Green Again.
Save The Future Foundation (STFF)
PO Box 2329, Morogoro – Tanzania
Halifa H. Khan – Director (STFF)