Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT)
Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) is an organization which was registered in June 2011. The organization deals with sustainable agriculture born during the successful work of Bustani ya Tushikamane (ByT) which is a grass root project based in Morogoro, Tanzania. ByT has made several positive experiences by involving farmers in the planning stage to work together on challenging agricultural issues. Thus, SAT’s foundation was established on farmers’ needs. SAT also implements other stakeholders like universities, companies and governmental extension officers to be involved in activities that are carried out by SAT. This approach establishes an Innovation Platform, where dissemination, research, application and networking build the main pillars. This platform is the starting point to evolve and implement systems by building on already existing knowledge. For SAT they first have to deal with farmers horizontally, face to face, to acknowledge their experiences.
For SAT dissemination means to build the capacity of value chain participants through trainings, information sharing, awareness creation, lobbying and advocacy on sustainable agriculture. The process of dissemination is a dynamic one, all stakeholders are involved and invited to contribute; feedback mechanisms and research modify this process permanently.
The focus on research is to follow an interdisciplinary approach which implements socio-economical, ecological and technical research on inputs and technologies suitable for sustainable agriculture, innovative practices on-farm and off-farm, market research, extension education and value addition. Participatory methodologies are, where possible, used guidelines.
For SAT application means the quality of being usable for a particular purpose or in a special way. Therefore they establishes a platform for knowledge incubation by practicing and demonstrating sustainable agriculture in cooperation with small scale farmers.
SAT collaborates with stakeholders in agriculture and link participants of the value chain. Therefore a network is fostered to involve, to share and to inform.
Farmer Training Centre
SAT’s Farmer Training Centre (FTC) has training program which are offered for farmers and professionals from NGOs, CBOs and the public sector. The focus is facilitation on sustainable and organic solutions for agriculture in the field of horticulture, rain-fed grain production, livestock-keeping and more.
Farmers Training Program includes:
Organic Agriculture Basic
Organic Agriculture Intermediate
Permaculture Design Course (PDC)
Zero Tillage/ Conservation Agriculture
Process Fodd and Add Value
Attract Youth in Agriculture Camp
Training of Traineers
Sustainable Waste Management