SAT works with small-scale farmers face-to-face, in a holistic way, to facilitate, exchange and refine agroecological methods through dissemination, application and research, to strengthen livelihoods.
The organisation creates linkages between farmers, educators, researchers and government, to generate and inspire locally-relevant knowledge.
Since 2011, SAT has brought over 2000 smallscale farmers into the agroecological farming movement by demonstrating and practising agroecological principles in 72 groups from 52 villages using participatory farmer field schools.
This community builds SAT’s Innovation Platform where all gained experiences are made accessible to a national community of more than 50,000 farmers.
Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) works face-to-face with small-scale farmers, in a holistic way, to enable, exchange and refine agroecological methods.
SAT’s system of education uses training, demonstration, research, dissemination and application approaches with a focus on strengthening livelihoods, while regenerating soils and landscapes.
Reaching a large number of small farmers and developing long-term education relationships with them – an active learning network, focused on local agroecology best practice.
Practical agroecology best practice is demonstrated and taught in a small farms context, with an annual programme including PDC’s (Permaculture Design Course) and Training of Teachers (ToT) – a self-seeding model of training.
Best practice in connecting small farmers to agriculture students and research projects – to build and share a credible knowledge base, creating a feed-back loop into teaching development and demonstration.
Linking network development to SAT Saving & Lending Groups (SSLG’s) as a micro-credit enabling system.
Introducing and training in use of smartphones to improve networking and sharing of learning and best practice.
SAT has created a self-learning system of education-for-action which grows and improves best practice over time, and harvests multiple beneficial outcomes.
Hadija Kibwana from Towelo Village, Morogoro, joined SAT in 2010 and is currently chairperson of Maendeleo Farmer Group.
Since joining SAT Hadija was able to regenerate her land using terraces, compost and green manure/cover crops. She also improved the diversity of her farm and has more than 15 different crops growing on it. In the past she only relied on maize and when the soil was depleted, productivity reduced.
Since practicing agroecology, she has been able to improve the general situation of her farm and family.
Her daughter is the first child in the village to graduate from the university and is now a good ambassador for agroecology. Hadija has trained more than 500 farmers in Morogoro and Tanga regions as a model farmer. Due to her leadership skills in the group, fellow farmers also appointed her as a village leader.
Over 3000 small-scale farmers have been brought into the agroecological farming movement by teaching and demonstrating practical agroecology at a village level.
For SAT trained farmers, compared to before the training: the average income increase is 38%; 66% of farmers have increased production; 61% of farmers have reduced input costs; 76% of farmers report a more balanced diet and health benefits; and 97% report an improved situation overall through SAT training.
The project works across a producing and learning network of 120 groups using farmer field schools as demonstrations in 70 villages, led by village teachers, and supported by a 200 acre Farmer Training Centre.
SAT is an exemplary organization in Tanzania that is paving the way for agroecology. The young and committed team is doing a very good job in developing training content and delivering to farmers in the remotest areas in the country.
Over the years they have grown from volunteers to a full-fledged organization and the impact they make in the lives of small-holder Tanzanian farmers is commendable. I have had the honour to see the dream of the founders become a reality.
Prof. Method Kilasara, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)
I joined SAT as an intern and over the years I grew to be a facilitator. I facilitate farmers on agroecology, saving and lending and entrepreneurship skills. For now, I am working as a facilitator on financial inclusion where I make sure that farmers have full access to and usage of financial services through their own money in groups (saving and lending).
My interest is to support the community. Since SAT is doing the same, I was attracted to join SAT to serve the community, leaving no one behind through its projects on sustainable agriculture. The diversity of the SAT Team and organization culture has been favourable for me. I have acquired the knowledge of agroecology – something of which I had little knowledge of before I joined SAT.
SAT programmes link farmers, educators, researchers and government to generate and inspire locally-relevant practical knowledge.
SAT’s work within the Core-Farmer-Network is based on a holistic approach. Different modules are facilitated which cover agroecology in all its facets.
Farmers receive in-village facilitation on agriculture, life skills, saving and lending, entrepreneurship and are accompanied through organic certification using a Participatory Guarantee System. SAT follows a social-entrepreneur philosophy.
It provides high-quality products which are unique, disseminates them through appropriate marketing and uses a strong financial planning and control model. Combined together, SAT’s activities, facilities and systems represent best practice in Food Sovereignty.
SAT uses impact-proven strategies which are based on four holistic pillars:
Vision: The majority of farmers are using acknowledged agroecological methods to improve their livelihoods, conserve the environment and reduce pressure on natural resources Mission (Objectives):
SAT has engaged over 100 agricultural students in research collaboration or through practical field trainings. Some former students are now in top-level positions, promoting sustainable
and safe solutions in agriculture.
SAT demonstrates the successful development of ‘relevant-to-user’ agroecology and permaculture education and demonstration, in the most relevant physical context and local language, listening and responding to local needs.
Removal of limiting factors: Saving & Loan Groups, critical to overcome financial limitations, enabling more dynamic economic actions to emerge; smartphone use and training overcomes many constraints in network communication, enabling more dynamic, effective and creative communication and sharing of best practice.
Permaculture Principles in Action: Multifunction; multi-supply; small change for big effects; relative location; observe & interact.
The SAT Saving and Loan Groups and use of smartphones feed and lubricate the education-for-action systems described above, and have multiplied and grown the diversity of beneficial
impacts they produce.
What experience from SAT could help your project, community or network in relation to:
a) Project development and evolution, and scaling-up in valuable ways at the local level?
b) Permaculture and agroecology education, teacher training and demonstration that relates to local needs?
The Prize has helped: strengthen the Morogoro SAT network to ensure more farmers are actively involved; more group leaders can participate in forums, share success stories on groecology, and be active in the Seed Platform and SAT Saving and Lending Groups (SSLGs); all on top of their usual activities of food production.
Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) is a non-profit organization registered under the Tanzanian Society Act [CAP. 337 R.E. 2002] with registration number: S.A 17581
SAT has a team of 17, including six network and project facilitators, two project managers, managers covering Accounts, Communications, Sales and the FTC, a monitoring and evaluation officer, an Executive Director and a Director of Operations.
Biovision Foundation for ecological development – Switzerland
EntwiklungsHilfe Klub – Austria
City of Vorarlberg – Austria
Austrian Development Agency and private individuals.