My name is James Thobias a young energetic Tanzanian, Founder and director of local Non government organization called Fertile environment for imperishable development (FEid) registered in Tanzania with registration number 000NGo/00009959 .
in past two years I have been volunteering with Raleigh (T) in different project like Water, school and hygiene (WASH ), Livelihood ( Teaching young people entrepreneurship and help them to establish their own business so that they can raise their income from low income to the middle income in Tanzania rural areas, and Natural resource management (NRM) which includes Planting trees and Trekking for environment conservation.
In all cycles where I volunteer with Raleigh i have learnt a lot of things which enabled me to established my own NGO, I am fundraising for the project that i am going to explain below which will stands as a giving back to my community and using my experience to bring positive impact in my community.
Starting with the background of this project,
“SAVE FOOD. STOP HUNGER. RAISE INCOME” TRAINING WORKSHOP.
I will develop a 6 day workshop program to be
offered April 17-22, 2020. All days workshop will be held at
Arusha, Tanzania. Where the Poor young farmers with local innovative ideas about food waste from rural areas will be extracted and connected to other Organizations to develop theirs ideas to the
way that they can become self-independence and run their own Business
using the same ideas, also helping them to find more solutions to save
food and stopping hunger.
By using my NGO, FEid with other partners i will conduct more training to young poor farmers in Tanzanian to tackle these problems in their villages, by working directly with farmers, food traders and marketers, and providing information, demonstrations and education in their own local languages. So far, in the first intake I will be in existence, I will provided long-term, intensive training for more than 20 people from 4 Regions, I will use a written training manual (available in 2 languages) and fieldwork assignments to make sure my trainees gain practical, hands-on experience.
I will be training these young people via free based programs, with assignments, readings, fieldwork and written reports that can be submitted by email, with the hope that the knowledge and skills they gain will go a long way toward solving food loss and waste problems.
advantages of this project will be as follow;
Help the young poor farmers to;
1.Reduce and eradicate wastage of food during production.
2.Improving local ways of storage facilities to modern and sustainable way of storing their productions
3.Raising Economy through increasing production and storage facilities where they will be in position to sell more.
4.Stopping Hunger and other Diseases caused by lack of food.
5.Reduce number of dependents; hence government can focus more in giving other social services like education, water, transportation and health.
6.Give opportunity to other youth from other parts of the world to come, learn, give and experience life adventures in the areas where projects will be established.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
This fund will help to pay for the, training materials, Stationary, Accommodations, travel expenses (hotels, food and Bus) for our trainees and Young local farmers from Tanzania who will be coming for the training and development of their innovative ideas about Food waste and production.
Food waste is one of the biggest agricultural and environmental problems that you have never heard about. The amount of food that is thrown away in the world is simply staggering. I have been working since the 2016 on improved post harvest handling practices for small scale farmers, and lately with a variety of think-tanks and international organizations to document the problem of post harvest losses and food waste and figure out what we can do about it. In the USA, it generate more than 34 million tons of food waste each year. Studies that I have worked on in recent years have shown that developing countries lose 30 to 80% of their perishable foods (fruits, vegetables, root crops) before consumption, and with these enormous losses, also waste a lot of the land and water, fertilizer, labor and money that went into food production. You can watch this short UN FAO video for a quick explanation of global food losses and waste and what we can do about reducing the waste of the food we grow. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoCVrkcaH6Q
Post-harvest food losses occur mainly in the developing world, and can be attributed to poor storage facilities, inadequate distribution networks, and low investment in food production. Improved storage conditions could drastically reduce this food waste, yet technologies must be affordable and realistic to be sustainable in these regions.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, in Tanzania, where up to 80 percent of citizens depend on agriculture for their incomes, about 20 percent of crops are lost in the post-harvest stage. These losses reduce the profit for farmers and increase prices for consumers and it sometimes lead to Hunger due to most of food being wasted. In developing countries where the majority of disposable income is spent on food, post-harvest losses can be financially damaging.
“Save food. Stop hunger . Raise income project will ” involves all the steps along the foods system from harvesting to marketing – we will teach young poor farmers from villages about when to harvest, how to keep foods safe to market their harvest, how to clean, pack and store fresh foods, how to process perishable foods into products with longer shelf life, and much more depending their geographical location.
IN ACTION PLAN
I, James Thobias ( Management and Human Resource) and two other environmentalist by professional ,we will travel to the Interior villages of Arusha -Tanzania before the workshop. Where the huge number of young energetic farmers engages in agriculture but still there is problem of Hunger, poverty and loss of food. Where we will conduct survey and select few young farmers and come up with measurable ways that can be used to help them overcome those three problems. Also we will conduct local innovative ideas extraction program to enable youth within those areas to show or explain their local ways of food storage and what they think about which ways would be best to be advanced and enable them save more food and raise their Income.
You can help by clicking "DONATE". You will be asked to enter your pledge amount, You can use a credit or debit card to make the donation.
Here are a few of the rewards that you can get by pledging to support the project. All gifts will be sent in September 2019, and if you prefer not to receive a gift, you can opt out.
All donors will receive a signed thank you note from our FEid Tanzania (sent by snail mail after the workshop is completed). (Pledge $10 or more to get this reward)
A large sticker with the logo of FEid plus a signed thank you note from our FEid learners (sent by snail mail after the workshop is completed). (Pledge $25 or more to get this reward)
A personalized digital slide show of our March 2019 post harvest workshop that you can share with your family and friends (Pledge $50 or more to get this reward)
A CD full of our most popular post harvest training materials, reference manuals and e-books (Pledge $100 or more to get this reward plus a personalized digital slide show and a signed thank you note)