Empowering female farmers on
the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.
The Shengena West community, below the melting snowcaps of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, is a visual representation of the terrible effects deforestation and unsustainable practices have had on the land and communities living there. As usual, the ones most effected by such practices are rural families, which rely on fertile soil as a source of both survival and income. Due to such practices, inequality and corruption. Tanzania is now faced with 42 percent of children under five being chronically malnourished.
One of the most affective ways to tackle issues like hunger and income declines in such areas, is through tree planting. This is why our partners identified Shengena West as being an area where they could have the greatest impact.
The majority of farmers our partners worth with in Tanzania are women, many of whom are widows or single mothers. In Tanzania. women and children are among the poorest of the poor, and 25% of households am headed by women. Almost all economically active women in Tanzanian earn their income through agriculture, but they do not have the same access to training and resources as male farmers. Asa result. female farmers produce 20 to 30 percent less than male farmers.