The government and Heifer International Tanzania will this week launch the Igunga Eco-Village Project funded the European Union (EU).
Dr Henry Njakoi , of Heifer International Tanzania said, “We will work with communities to support natural resource management, strengthen socio-economic situations and increase agricultural productivity in the villages. Heifer will also work with the Igunga District Council to build the capacity of its technical departments.
The project official launch will be attended by the European Union Delegation in Tanzania, the Dutch Embassy as well as local representation at the district and national level.”
The Igunga Eco-Village project is managed under the Igunga District Council coordinated by the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Development. It aims to increase the resilience of local farmer communities which have been strongly affected by the adverse effects of climate change.
“The Igunga Eco-Village Project seeks to increase the capacity of vulnerable rural communities in the District to adopt climate change and contribute to improved understanding of climate resilience strategies among policy makers and other stakeholders.” Dr. Njakoi insisted.
“The capacity building will enable Igunga District Council to access, plan and implement climate change practices within its policies and programmes and share lessons learned and experiences with others,” he said.
The grant is one of five grant contracts under the second phase of the EU Global Climate Change Alliance in Tanzania that were signed during the EU Climate Diplomacy Day.