13073 A seed for change

April 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

by Santiago Villamediana
with FUNDACIÓN AGRÓNOMOS SIN FRONTERAS
Iringa, Tanzania, Arica

The report focuses on how the joint work of Agronomists Without Borders and farmers / ranchers in the area is positive and a determining influence on the development of local people helping the sustainability of the population.

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The report

They say that major changes usually come from small details, often insignificant, almost the size of a seed.
The images of the story want to reflect the realization of an idea that momentum to a group of agronomists to settle in southern Tanzania and work hand in hand with the people to take advantage of some land that often did not meet their own subsistence.
Change is often difficult, especially when old traditions are deeply rooted in our way of life. Tanzania but stable politically, is situated between the world’s poorest countries. This precarious economy, especially in the south of the country, often depends purely subsistence agriculture. And it is often not enough to power a full year for a family. To this we can add diseases, water shortages, difficult access to health and education.
Through the viewfinder I have witnessed stories of overcoming admired and grandeur, related to land and life. And before my goal have been stories including cooperatives for fairer prices, ship building for storing grain, improve and diversify crop seeds for future crops and more efficient use of water. Clinics, schools and water pumps have become everyday items of a village that seemed destined for oblivion.
I have to admit I liked the project since I brushed. It’s different. It is listening. Learning and working. In short, to live with dignity and be part of it.

The author

Santiago Villamediana was born in Madrid in 1968, where he currently resides. He has worked in media such as Reuters and newspapers such as The Ya. He currently combines his work at the University of Madrid with photographic works oriented development cooperation.

The project

Three programs at different altitudes 800-2200 m three different agricultural scenarios with Agricultural Training School, support for farmers and farm associations to sustainability.
Objective: Combating poverty and environmental degradation linked to subsistence agriculture in Tanzania.
Specific objective: Strengthen agricultural sustainability, livestock, environmental and economic of the farmers of rural communities in the Region of Iringa (Tanzania)

The beneficiaries are farmers in rural Iringa Region. The situation in which it is most of the rural population of Tanzania (80% of the total population) is poverty. If anything, it is more evident in the Iringa Region where most of the population lives on less than a dollar a day, the health services are few and far, there is no potable water supply, road infrastructure is poor or non-existent and the education service is limited to primary schools virtually no means beyond a single classroom on many occasions in ruins, with a quality of education very low. In these circumstances inhibits any motivation or encouragement of people to improve their living conditions. Environmental degradation is evident by the lack of knowledge and training in systems of natural resource exploitation, uncontrolled without conservation considerations.

The entity

Statewide Foundation, registered in the Foundation Register of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, with the number 28/1318. General interest entity Ministerial Order June 15, 2004. Registered on November 25, 2004 in the Register of Non Governmental AECID with the number 968. Since August 2004 ASF has developed its activities in Tanzania continuously for nine years. Born from the motivation of a group of agronomists after coming into contact with the social and economic reality of third world countries, felt the need to contribute their skills to improve the living conditions of this population mainly farmer. Objective: development cooperation in the field of improving the quality of life of the populations dependent farming activities in poor countries, through support to the primary sector production systems.

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