This is the first of a series of short films describing the work that has been done by Familia Moja over the years. Immanuel was first contacted in 2008 when Familia Moja was a project linked to Dr Ruth Hulser’s work with CMS. Now that FMI [Familia Moja Itetemia – our Tanzanian Partner Organisation] has become a government recognised Community Based Organisation in Tabora, our UK charity is helping to provide the support that he needs.
You can see his story on YouTube at
How is Tabora?
The news from Tabora is better than expected.
Uganda and Kenya have experienced some very poor harvests due to flooding and also locusts which eat any plant in sight. Add the Coronavirus pandemic to that and the outlook is grim.
Tabora, however, has been spared the worst of the problems. The locusts have not come and so far the Coronavirus seems not to have arrived like it has in Europe and other parts of the world. And food is growing. With wet fields, rice has been the crop of choice so far and so the FMI clients are able to eat what many of them would consider to be a ‘luxury food’. So they are relatively happy at present.
The FMI gardens are currently planted for water melons and it is hoped that ‘crop rotation’ will provide them with a second harvest of maize and then a third harvest of a root vegetable such as onions or carrots. By rotating the crops and feeding the soil with specially prepared manure [part of the ‘Farming God’s Way’ technique that is being taught to FMI clients], it is hoped that the soil can be enriched and become more productive. The plot that has been prepared this year is twice the size of last years.
One of the big risks is that local food will be sold for export. There are good tarmac roads from Tabora to the borders and this often encourages local farmers to sell their produce. FMI are working to stockpile some of this so that when the food runs out [and the maize harvest so far has been poor], there will be food for their 100+ clients who require food aid.