Tanzania Environment Policy Action Node intends to enhance environmental risk management and climate change adaptation by small holder farmers in Tanzania. The project is undertaken in the breadbasket areas covering five districts of Songea, Kilolo, Mbarali, Mbeya Rural and Sumbawanga. The overall aim of the project is to improve food security and income for smallholder farmers in Tanzania breadbasket area by increasing their adaptation and resilience to climate change through changes in policy and practice.
The partner organizations have identified three objectives to work with during the project timeframe. These are, to increase the understanding, among policy makers and various stakeholders especially women, of the impacts of climate change on breadbasket areas of Tanzania, to contribute to the development and adoption of a comprehensive agriculture climate change strategy for increased climate change resilience of smallholder farmers, and to enhance the implementation of new climate change strategy.
In order to accomplish these objectives, stakeholders came together on 28th Aug, 2015) in order to share experience and knowledge on climate smart agriculture. This knowledge has been generated during the lifetime of the project. The exchange at this event is expected to be communicated to the wider public in order to increase awareness of climate change challenges to agriculture and how best they can be addressed.
The Tanzania Environment Policy Action Node is a multi-stakeholder programme, involving 6 partner organizations from both public and academia. The programme is coordinated by The Open University of Tanzania (OUT). Other members of the Environment Policy Action Node are University of Dar Es Salaam through IRA, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), REPOA, the Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Cooperatives (MAFC) and TAFORI. The project is funded by AGRA