Savings Group for Food Security and Ecosystem Sustainability (SG-FSES) in Tanzania

Savings Group for Food Security and Ecosystem Sustainability is an important aspect of improving eco-systems in Tanzania. CARE-WWF Alliance promote integrated solutions for People, Climate and Nature to address poverty, climate change and environmental degradation. We are focusing on provision of the Sustainable and Inclusive Financial solutions for small-scale farmers, nature-positive agriculture production systems and
markets while improving ecosystem functions for people and wildlife. 

One of the key challenges facing Tanzanian farmers is inequality, natural resource degradation, and a changing climate, hence CARE-WWF Alliance is developing solutions that help create livelihoods and opportunities for vulnerable women and men to lift themselves out of poverty while managing natural resources, protecting wildlife, and conserving their habitats.

To address these challenges, the CARE-WWF Alliance project proposes to scale up the VSLA approach to promote diversification of livelihoods and economic opportunities as well as the conservation of biodiversity by using Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA), women in poor, rural communities may purchase agricultural seeds, tools, and labors, invest in sustainable methods to improve productivity, build their businesses, increase their incomes, rebuild after disasters, pay school fees for children, and purchase food during lean months.

Objectives

  • Extend informal savings groups and collective access to financial services to 5,000 HHs (60% women).
  • Increase sustainable investment and production to improve small-scale farmer income by 60% and food security by 20%.
  • Improve ecosystem resilience and functions in production landscapes in Ndembera sub-catchment of the Great Rua ha River.
  • Strengthen public and private partnerships to improve small-scale producer access to extension, inputs, markets, financial services, and benefits from ecosystem
    services.

Key Activities:

  • To ensure sustainable livelihoods among men and women.
  • Develop financial inclusion and economic empowerment.
  • Emphasize climate-smart agriculture.
  • Provision of education on community-based natural resource management.
  • Provision of conservation of integrated land and water management.
  • Ensure women’s empowerment.