Bio fuel, food forestry and sustainable environment management at three secondary schools

Three secondary schools in the Maasai areas of northern Tanzania used to depend on timber to provide food for their students. This timber had to be collected by the students themselves and the use of it led to deforestation and erosion. In order to relief the students from this labor and to prepare the meals sustainably, the schools wanted to switch to bio fuel. Now, they are using the human waste of the school as a replacement of timber. Additionally, the mud that is released during the process of making biofuels in turn is used as ecological fertilizer for the school garden to grow crops.

The three schools have started with planting sustainable school gardens including fruit trees and vegetables. The students are fully committed to the management of these gardens as they have formed environmental committees. Stipulae foundation thereby stimulates the execution by advising and helping during the development process of this sustainable agriculture and about how to treat the environment sustainably. Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) in Morogoro has also contributed by training a number of students and teachers in the field of sustainable agriculture

For the best benefit of the projects and a smooth collaboration between actors, the project leader is a native Tanzanian who knows the schools very well. In a Memorandum of Understanding, all deals and expectations are established.

This project has been completed in the autumn of 2018 and was subsidized by amongst others De Herderstocht, Wilde Ganzen and the World Food Festival of Cadeauwinkel Op ‘e Stál.

Moipo Sec School pit excavation