Institutions of the Diocese of Tarime include the Mogabiri Farm Extension Centre, PO Box 134, Tarime, United Republic of Tanzania
Mogabiri is home to the Mogabiri Farm Extension Centre (MFEC). The MFEC is devoted to improving the farming practices of local farmers and increasing their livelihoods through farming; conserving the cultivated and grazing land along Mara River Basin; and increasing agricultural and livestock production from small-scale farmers. The MFEC will also create greater awareness through education and training of extension workers, farmers, farmer motivators and the gold miners and the general public on dangers associated with the ongoing environmental degradation along Mara River Basins. Agricultural production along the Mara River Basin, just like in most other parts of the country have been under severe stress due to high land degradation rates contributed by high human and animal population pressure on available natural resources.The MFEC trains to farmers on proper soil/crop planning and management; proper use of available resources in soil and water conservation; waste management; establishment and management of multipurpose trees; the use of agrochemicals; and the practice of crop rotation, use of organic manure, compost and mixed cropping.The MFEC is also involved in training leaders and influential people on the importance of having village land use plans and training the small scale gold miners on dangers associated with improper handling of poisonous chemicals.The emphasis is on sustainable livelihoods.The MFEC implements a dairy development program in Tarime highlands, Mara region - Tanzania. The program is a strategic framework for eradicating poverty through multi-sectoral interventions enabling the people to improve their livelihoods in a sustainable manner. With annual income generation of US$ 230 162 from about 270 milking cows, the MFEC programs significantly contribute to poverty alleviation among the smallholder farmers in Tanzania.The MFEC is located on the edge of the escarpment and one can view the entire valley from the property. The higher elevation creates a cooler climate, and this combined with fertile soils provides an agricultural haven for banana trees, coffee, cassava, corn, and other crops. The MFEC also raises dairy cows. A Goshen College project has been to research how beekeeping can improve farmer’s livelihoods and the economic benefits of beekeeping.The director of the Farm Extension Centre is Goodluck Kimaro. Gabriel is the center’s animal veterinarian. The extension center is equipped to host visiting students and farmers with a cafeteria, dormitories, and classrooms. Ruth Adul directs a microfinance program for women (AFREDA), which has its offices at the center. Community at the center includes morning prayer each day.
Photos are courtesy of Ryan Sensenig/Goshen College and were taken during participation in Goshen College's Study-Service Term Program. Goshen College's Study-Service Term is a 13-week program for college students to learn to know a different culture from the inside out - its language, its customs, its history and, most importantly, its people. Since the first SST units went to Costa Rica, Jamaica and Guadeloupe in 1968 and began one of the country’s unique international education programs, more than 7,100 students and 230 faculty leaders have traveled to 22 countries. The program’s uncommon combination of cultural education and service-learning remains a core part of the general education program.
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