Empowering Agricultural Extension Officers: Training for Climate-Smart Agriculture

E-mac Tanzania is excited to share the success of a recent Training of Trainers (TOT) program, a significant milestone in the journey to enhance climate resilience in agriculture. E-MAC Tanzania, with the support from International Climate Initiative (IKI)/GIZ, organized this comprehensive training to empower Agricultural Extension Officers in Simanjiro District.

Facilitator of Climate Smart Agriculture training continuing to provide training to Agricultural Extension officers during the session.

Key Highlights:

Building Capacity for a Sustainable Future:
The TOT program was designed with the following objectives in mind:

  • Equipping Agricultural Extension Officers with in-depth knowledge of climate change and its impact on agriculture.
  • Enhancing the capacity of participants to effectively train and educate farmers in adopting climate-smart techniques, thus bolstering their resilience to climate change.

Training Duration and Participants:
The program spanned four impactful days, attracting a cohort of 10 enthusiastic and dedicated Agricultural Extension Officers from Simanjiro District. This transformative event took place from August 29th through September 1st, 2023, at the Simanjiro-Amani Hall.

Agricultural Extension Officers engaged in group discussions.

Measurable Outcomes and Impacts:
The success of this training extends beyond its completion, as participants are now empowered to:

  • Effectively train and support local farmers in the adoption of climate-smart practices.
  • Drive the adoption of innovative techniques that simultaneously boost agricultural productivity while minimizing environmental impact.
  • Contribute significantly to the resilience of local communities in the face of climate change challenges.

The impact of this training is far-reaching, leading to increased food security, improved socio-economic conditions, and a fundamental shift in behaviors toward environmental protection among vulnerable farmers and pastoralists in Simanjiro District.

Co-facilitator explain some of essential key points to Agricultural Extension officers during the training.

The recent TOT program is a testament to E-mac Tanzania commitment to climate-smart agricultural practices and environmental conservation. It represents a pivotal stride towards sustainable agricultural development in Tanzania. By equipping Agricultural Extension Officers with the tools and knowledge to facilitate positive change, E-MAC Tanzania and IKI are collaboratively steering the course towards a greener, more resilient, and ecologically aware agricultural landscape in Tanzania.

This training is a part of ongoing efforts to support indigenous communities in building resilience against climate change, made possible through the generous funding from IKI/GIZ. E-mac Tanzania look forward to witnessing the lasting impact of this program on Simanjiro District’s agricultural landscape and the lives of its people.

Agricultural Extension officers and E-mac Tanzania staffs in a group photo after training.

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