About 200 small scale farmers benefit from GBV trainings

29Jun 2020
James Lanka
The Guardian
About 200 small scale farmers benefit from GBV trainings

ABOUT 200 small scale farmers, women and nomadic pastoralists’ traditional leaders have benefitted from   trainings on gender based violence (GBV) provided by the Moshi-based non-profit network of farmers' groups in Kilimanjaro Region known a s Mviwata Kilimanjaro.

Speaking during the training, a legal officer from the Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA), Aikael Pallangyo advised the government and the public to ensure availability of a database for women and girls that can be used to make amendments in issues that affect them.

The training was conducted by the farmer’s network with support from a Swedish organisation ‘WE EFFECT’.

“This training is aimed at helping you to understand your rights and responsibilities for sustainable improved incomes through your daily farming and cattle grazing activities,” Pallangyo said.

Coordinator of the Mviwata Kilimanjaro, Alex Urio said the training was provided through the project called ‘promoting farmer’s network for inclusive development’.

According to Urio, women, girls and Maasai traditional leaders have been educated on issues related to gender based violence as well as their legal rights and responsibilities.

Mviwata Kilimanjaro field officer Stephano Msuya said the network has a total of 4,307 members all from Kilimanjaro Region. Members include semi-nomadic cattle breeders from the Maasai tribe.

He said the organisation works to facilitate access to irrigation infrastructures as well as training on better farming practices such as improved beekeeping techniques, onion growing and poultry farming.

One of the training beneficiaries, Cornel Joseph from Shiri-Mgungani in Hai District and Theresia Mushi from Kindi-Kibosho in Moshi Rural District said the training will help them to improve incomes generated from farming activities.