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FARM-Africa Raffia Project, Nou Forest, Tanzania


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FARM-Africa raffia products brochure showing products produced in the Nou Forest, Tanzania.

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FARM-Africa Raffia Project, Nou Forest, Tanzania

  1. 1. Support the Nou Forest raffia producer groups For further information on the project and theA wide range of attractive and useful raffia products is raffia production initiative, please contact:available for sale from the Nou Forest raffia producers.Raffia products from the Nou Forest communities FARM-Africa Nou Joint Forest Management Project Weaving aUgali basket c/o FARM-Africa Tanzania Babati Office PO Box 675 Way ForwardUsed to store ugali (maize) flour while cooking – Babati, Manyara Region, TanzaniaPrice $10.00 T +255 27 254 1475; F +255 27 253 1476Vegetable basket E farmbabati@iwayafrica.comUsed to collect vegetables from the garden – Price $15.00Big basket Participatory Forest Management UnitUsed to carry crops from the field, store charcoal or clothing FARM-Africa/SOS Sahel Ethiopia– Price $25.00 PO Box 5746Medium matRectangular (4ft by 6ft) – Price $10.00 Addis Ababa, EthiopiaRound (5ft diameter) – Price $15.00 T +251 11 416 8483; F +251 11 416 9696Big mat E; W www.pfmp-farmsos.orgRectangular (5ft by 6ft) – Price $25.00Round (10ft diameter) – Price $40.00 For orders:Bed mats FARM-Africa TanzaniaUsed for bedding. Rectangular and round mats of any size PO Box 15335may be ordered through FARM-Africa Tanzania. Arusha, Tanzania T +255 27 254 8042; F +255 27 254 8041 E FARM-Africa Head Office Clifford’s Inn, Fetter Lane Raffia Products from London, EC4A 1BZ, UK the Nou Forest T +44 (0)20 7430 0440; F +44 (0)20 7430 0460; E; W © FARM-Africa and SOS Sahel Ethiopia FARM-Africa is a Registered Charity No. 326901 and Registered Company No. 01926828 SOS Sahel Ethiopia is registered in Ethiopia No. 1986 This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union (EU). The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of FARM-AfricaBy buying these products, you are helping to conserve and SOS Sahel’s Participatory Forest Management Programme, of which the Nou Joint Forest Management Project is part, and can in no way be taken tothe Nou Forest for future generations. You are doing reflect the views of the European Union.this by directly contributing to the improvement of thelivelihoods of forest communities engaged in the sustainable Design: Eileen Higgins E Photos: FARM-Africa SOS Sahel Ethiopiamanagement of the forest. European Union
  2. 2. Background Marketing raffia products to improve livelihoods Weaving a way forward As part of the livelihood component, the Nou JFM project,FARM-Africa is an international NGO working with What the raffia groups say supported by the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission and thepoor African farmers, helping them to produce more European Union, has started a one-year initiative aimed atfood for their families so that future generations do promoting forest raffia products and linking them to markets, “The Government gave us back our raffia. We didn’tnot have to depend on handouts of aid. FARM-Africa thereby improving livelihoods. Community members have been know how to harvest the grass and still get more theworks in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Southern weaving raffia products for many years, mainly for household use. next year. We uprooted most of the raffia in the NouSudan, Tanzania and Uganda. External demand for quality raffia products has been Forest. We were about to run out of it when the FARM-Africa Tanzania runs six development recognised as a potential income generating activity for some intervention started.”programmes including the Nou Joint Forest time. However despite the demand and potential, production isManagement (JFM) Project. The project works constrained by a lack of clearly identified markets, poor pricing,with Village Environmental Committees and the and little capital to invest.Forestry and Beekeeping Division of the TanzanianGovernment to develop sustainable forest What is raffia?management plans. The project is part of the regional Raffia grasses have always been part of the Nou Forest andFARM-Africa/SOS Sahel Ethiopia Participatory Forest its use by forest communities has been passed down throughManagement Programme (PFMP). generations. The raffia grass grows in and around the Nou Forest, One of the main outputs of the project is to where the conditions – high moisture content and fertile soilencourage the adoption of complementary natural – are favourable. Raffia has been used for centuries by women of the Nouresource management and Non-Timber Forest Forest to produce mats and baskets for household use. NowProduct technologies. with the support of the Nou JFM project, communities are producing raffia products to generate much-needed income for their families.Project goalsThe project aims to reduce poverty and conserve Harvesting raffia sustainablythe environment by encouraging correct As part of the conservation of the forest, community membersmanagement of the existing forest resources and plant raffia along streams and rivers in the forest and in theirpromoting sustainable non-timber livelihood options villages, using seeds and cuttings. Proper weeding is essential towithin the forest. get good raffia growth and reduce damage from insects and The Weaving A Way Forward Raffia Initiative is part mice. Raffia is ready for harvest 7-12 months after planting, “FARM-Africa is now supporting us to produce largeof realising the overall goal. The initiative is working depending on the availability of moisture. quantities of high quality baskets and mats. If we findwith eight villages around the Nou Forest, reaching Building business skills in the community is at the heart of the market, we, women of the Nou Forest, are ready toout to over 160 women. the initiative. Raffia group members are trained in business work hard and change the lives of our families.” development, including how to improve the quality of their products, conduct market research and sell their products.