The Jali Ardhi project, meaning “care for the land” in Swahili, is working to further develop its partnership with four communities in northern Tanzania to support sustainable agro-pastoralist practices and co-design new alternative livelihood strategies, which will help build resilience to impacts of changing rainfall patterns and other pressures.
Previous research has demonstrated that the region is experiencing severe degradation of pastoral land due to feedbacks between climate extremes, pressure from grazing and conversion of natural vegetation to farming with the transition to agro-pastoralism. This BBSRC and NERC-funded ‘research translation’ component of the project aims to empower community-led decision making to adapt practices which are damaging the local natural capital upon which they, and future generations, rely.
Following extensive engagement with the communities, the partnership’s focus now is to build local capacity for socio-economic innovation. The aim is to simultaneously reverse land degradation through regenerative farming and diversify productivity, while also enhancing the communities’ resilience to future climate threats.