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Boosting livelihoods of farmers and forest owners through organized action

Farmers in the field, Tanzania.
Credit: TAHA / FFD

Cooperative Development Organisation

Implementing Partners and Organisations

Zenbaba Union, Ethiopia, Amritpur Social Entrepreneur Cooperative (ASEC), Nepal and Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA), Tanzania

Period of Implementation

July 2018 - December 2020

Geographic scope

Africa: Ethiopia, Tanzania

Asia-Pacific: Nepal

Cities: Amhara region Ethiopia, Dang in Nepal and Zanzibar in Tanzania.


$ 276,720
€ 254 333


Bilateral Aid: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland


Agriculture & Fisheries, Climate & Environment, Rural Development

Type of Activity

Governance and Organizational Strengthening, Institutional Building and Policy Dialogue, Technical Assistance & Advisory, Training & Capacity Building, Value Chains / Socioeconomic Circuits


In Ethiopia 2018-20, Zenbaba Union supported 8581 cooperative members to diversify activities to forest products including charcoal, poles, seedlings and honey. Members gained skills e.g. on agroforestry, beekeeping, sustainable forest management and charcoal production, nursery management, marketing, financial management and accounting. 4,3 million tree seedlings were produced, and members planted 1,6 million trees on 157 ha. Intercropping lupines and maize with eucalyptus contributed to food security. Use of nitrogen fixating trees were used to restore some eroded land back to agricultural use. New skills will support farmers also in the future.

ASEC is seen an important partner by local authorities in advancing sustainable forest management. ASEC extended sustainable forest management practices to 1211 ha of CFUG forest. Climate risk management was included in 7 CFUG forest management plans. ASEC conducted feasibility studies and developed business plans for timber and non-timber forest products. ASEC has improved forestry services by expanding seedling production, diversifying nursery species and forming a harvesting group. ASEC provided appropriate technology and harvest training leading to youth employment. Women had training from women's rights to mushroom farming diversifying household income, raising awareness of women’s rights and preventing gender-based violence.

In Tanzania, TAHA systematically and with increasing organizational capacity expanded the outreach of horticulture extension services to Zanzibarian farmers reaching over 3500 new farmers in 2018-20. With nearly 1500 ha under Good Agricultural Practices, productivity increased by 40% and post-harvest losses declined by nearly 40%. The value of farmers’ production grew by 50% before Covid-19's impact and over 2000 market linkages were created between farmers, buyers and retailers. Of the 21 project result indicators, 11 reached or exceeded the targets set and 8 were close to reaching them. 

Project Objectives

to improve livelihoods of farmers and reduce poverty through increasing income by participating in forest products marketing and forest  management activities.

Impact on SDGs

SDG1 - No Poverty
SDG2 - Zero Hunger
SDG8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG13 - Climate Action

Main Indicators

% increase of the income of members
Increase in the number of women in staff and managerial positions of FOs
Area of land (ha) under sustainable forest management practices
turnover of cooperative union and member cooperatives
No. of members (M & F, total) who benefit from services of Zenbaba

Direct beneficiaries

Organisations: 3

Individuals: 14100

Local stakeholders

Zenbaba Union, Amritpur Social Entrepreneur Cooperative and Tanzania Horticultural Association

Key Tags

Entrepreneurship, Environment, Food Security