The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. TNC has been working in Tanzania and Africa at large for over seven years.
MVIWATA (Mtandao wa Vikundi vya Wakulima Tanzania literally means Network of Small Scale farmers’ groups in Tanzania) is a membership organization of small scale farmers (crop growers and livestock keepers). MVIWATA Manyara is a middle level network of MVIWATA. It started in 2006 by the farmers and the coordination office in Babati town was established in 2008 with support from Trias Tanzania (a Belgian NGO). Now, it works in five districts of Manyara region namely Babati, Hanang, Kiteto, Simanjiro and Mbulu with 48 Local Networks, 281 Producer Groups and 5666 group members.
The African Great Lakes Region (AGLR), as delineated by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), covers ten countries and seven major Lake Basins in East and Central Africa, holds approximately one-third of the world’s fresh surface water and supports some 50 million people who rely on the services nature provides for their lives and livelihoods (e.g., food, drinking water, transportation).