Shinyanga: blending old and new agroforestry to integrate development, climate change mitigation and adaptation in Tanzania

  • The Shinyanga landscape was severely degraded by past ‘development’ efforts, but still had recovery potential, ecologically and socially
  • Challenges of the Shinyanga landscape were multiple and interconnected, they required a comprehensive approach to tackle them
  • A menu of practices associated with the traditional Ngitili system of regulated grazing ensured the multifunctionality of the landscapes providing mitigation, adaptation, development and conservation benefits
  • Among the factors for the success of the Ngitili expansion in Shinyanga were:

    1) multistakeholders’ engagement and institutional collaborations to leverage resources, knowledge and improve overall efficiency of the actions,

    2) long-term investments by financing agencies and long-term commitment by actors,

    3) favorable and supportive national and local policy processes,

    4) use of local practices and knowledge in the implementation scheme.

    5) Ownership of the local community of the processes involved in the restoration efforts


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