STRENGTHENING THE CAPACITY OF OLENGAPA LIVESTOCK ASSOCIATION TO BETTER MANAGE OLENGAPA CLUSTER ON SUSTAINABLE BASIS

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Election of new members of OLENGAPA
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Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) in collaboration with KINNAPA and Kiteto district Council through Participatory Rangeland Management (PRM) project facilitated the democratic process of OLENGAPA members to elect their leaders of choice and gave them induction training for new leaders of Olengapa Livestock Keepers Association (OLKA) from 20th to 26th January, 2019 in Kiteto district, Manyara region, Tanzania; which is one of the PRM pilot sites.

The main objective of the fieldwork was to facilitate the elections of new officials of OLKA and conduct trainings on their roles and responsibilities in relation to PRM implementation. The activity follows the resolutions of the PRM technical meeting in Dar Es Salaam where it was agreed that OLKA to assume the role of the institution through which PRM will be implemented in Kiteto District.

This activity has been implemented through two days mobilization process in all the four villages of Orkitikit, Ngapapa, Lerug and Engang’uangare to participate in the elections; followed by a one day of democratic process of election then two days induction trainings at KINNAPA on their roles in relation to PRM implementation. (Click here to read the field report)

PRM is a European Union (EU) funded project through International Land Coalition (ILC) in six clusters of rangelands in Tanzania. This is across border four years project in Tanzania and Kenya and will be implemented through a collaboration of partners which include: Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF), Resource Conflict Institute (RECONCILE), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Veterinaries San Frontiers (VSF), SOS SAHEL and Coalition of European Lobby on Pastoralism in East Africa (CELEP). TNRF is the implementer of the project in Tanzania while RECONCILE pilots the project in Baringo County, Kenya. Both implementing institutions will be technically guided by International Livestock Research Institute Research (ILRI). The overall objective of the project is to improve the livelihood and nutrition status of pastoralist communities in East Africa by improving the management of rangelands for optimal utilization. Thus, the project work towards attaining security and better use of rangelands and expand the role of women in selected pastoral communities in Kenya and Tanzania.

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