Pemba village is located 48 kilometers from Turiani in Mvomero district in Morogoro region. Its inhabitants are farmers and herdsmen (including migrants of the Masai tribe).
The effect of climate change has been a major obstacle to farmers and livestock keepers in ensuring they have access to food security for their livestock and their families.
Mr. Mdimu Kedeko Kikoyo is one of the few maasai who has engaged in agricultural activities. After he faced a food shortage for his livestock which is the main source of food for his family, he decided to engage himself in agricultural activities as an alternative to cover the gaps but still he did not have a good production.
In 2012 he received a leaflet from his friend explaining about Inades Formation Tanzania, services and training offered. He decided to make a trip to search for the office physically and join with the correspondence courses. He received approximately 18 booklets including maize production, cattle feed, beekeeping e.t.c. He decided to transform the knowledge learnt into practice from time to time to see if any changes will appear.
Some of his successes
Through the knowledge he acquired from the maize booklet, he was able to increase maize production from 5/6 bags to 18/20 bags per acreage.
Together with his wife, they decided to set apart an acre in front of their house to use it as a demo plot for their fellow villagers to learn on the best farming practices they have read in the maize booklet.
Through knowledge gained, Mr Mdimu is now a good environmental keeper since he utilizes a small portion of land for cultivation activities to get enough production rather than cultivating a large area with a poor production.
Through his success, he has been able to persuade his community to join in training and participate in agricultural activities. He has also organized a total of 38 Maasai and form two serving and lending groups.
Mdimu looks to the future with serenity
« From this production increment, it will help me improve my residential house later after selling surplus of my produce. Help my community engage themselves in better farming practices since it requires a small area for farming and get many produces. In this way I believe that even pasture for our livestock will be easily obtained because the environment will be conserved « . “Inades Formation is my Hero”