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Fighting climate change effects benefits about 2000 families in Maasai land
June 29, 2017
The effects of climate change are evident with dramatic impacts on people’s livelihood. Over 250 million people are directly affected by desertification, and about one billion people in over one hundred countries are at risk.
In Tanzania, the current demographic growth and expansion of agricultural fields, together with the unpredictable rainfall patterns lead to high levels of food insecurity among the poorest sectors of the population, affecting pastoralists grazing patterns and exacerbating conflicts between farmers and pastoralists.
OIKOS, an Italian NGO working in Tanzania since 1996, is currently implementing two integrated projects funded by the European Union-Global Climate Change Alliance Tanzania (Eco Boma project) and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (TERRA project) for increasing the resilience to climate change of pastoral communities in Northern Tanzania. The projects are targeting more than 4,000 families of Maasai steppe pastoralists in Oldonyosambu, Oldonyowas and Uwiro Wards (Arumeru District) who entirely depend on natural resources for their survival. The action is implemented in partnership with District Authorities and the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology and other private partners from Italy.