Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT)
Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT), Founded in 2009
SAT addresses social and environmental problems caused by environmentally-destructive and unsustainable farming practices which lead to food insecurity, poverty and malnutrition resulting from environmental degradation through loss of top soil, water supplies and forests.
According to Baseline survey made by SNV/OYE project it was realized that many developing countries has as much as 50% unemployed youth, and statistics on underemployed youth are even more dramatic. This is only not untapped potential source of instability. But these young people lack the relevant skills for employment and lack means required to start their own business. Looking to Tanzania, According to World bank data Tanzania have as much as 14% (Youth unemployment rate of 5.4).
Solution and innovation
Three approaches employed during implementation of the OYE program: Push, Match & pull.
Service provided to youths
As a result of market scanning and Participatory rural appraisal methodologies, we provide rural out-of-school youths with the necessary basic life and business skills and market relevant technical skills to qualify for employment and self-employment.
Matching of trained youth with market
We then connect them to market including companies and buyers of agricultural produce. To ensure youths win the market. In case of improving productivity they are connected in a Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) to ensure increased quality and quantity of the produce. Youths access also self-employment through own established youth led enterprises.
Support to youth enterprises
Access to finance was another hurdle thus youth had to overcome when starting their own enterprises, such as out grower schemes in agriculture for a land tenure fee. A lending scheme for kick starting was successful set up.
- 700+ youths benefited directly from SAT-OYE intervention
- 28 YLEs established and running. These are the group enterprises with different Income generating activities.
- Through YSLA model, the new 19 YLEs managed to have savings of TZS 100,387,322 (USD 50,193,661). From the model, 551 youth benefited from loans valued TZS 67,652,700 which helped in expansion and stating their business enterprises.
- Based on year 2017, 96 out of 202 youths enrolled in the program able access finance from group saving and lending model (YSLA) and started new business and mostly agriculture-based enterprises.
- 80% Youths motivated to engage in agriculture and having it in practical agribusiness