Simon Lugazo, an empowering official from Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG) made the remarks here yesterday at the workshop aimed at empowering workers of Tanzania Forestry Working Group (TFWG) to have in place strategies in incorporating gender issues in their daily activities.
Lugazo said earlier they had instilled issues of gender education to women alone whereby forestry management was jointly administered by men and women, the situation that has not brought any benefits in their families because women engage themselves in many business activities with large capitals than men.
In the circumstances, Lugazo said to incorporate gender issues in villages’ internal policies will help the community in general to see the importance of forestry management through TFWG, including the sustainable carbon project.
He further said through TFWG, they have mobilised themselves to incorporate the entire communities including elders, adults, women and youth so that jointly they should recognize the importance of forestry management according to gender equality lines.
For his part, a researcher on gender issues from the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) Emmanuel Mroto said from the researched made since 2015 in Mvomero, Kilosa and Morogoro districts, they discovered that TFCG established the sustainable carbon project in these areas; there have been positive results in regard to increased income to villagers from tree cutting and charcoal making.
Mroto added that rom gender perspectives and age-long traditions, women never adequately participated in charcoal making whereby as for now the response is still negligible.
Alex Njahani, the Forestry and Value Adding Manager from Forestry and Value Chains Development Programme (FORVAC) said they have been touching all groups in the communities in their various forest areas in Ruvuma, Tanga and Lindi regions that reaped profits in honey, mushrooms, timber and charcoal.