Karagwe Unplugged 3 - FOODS

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March 8th 2013
Published: March 15th 2013
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KARUCO is Needed to Stave Off ThreatsKARUCO is Needed to Stave Off ThreatsKARUCO is Needed to Stave Off Threats

The community wants to know.
The focus of this photo journal chapter is "Foods". On the side of resources, the people of Karagwe grow beautiful banana, coffee, pineapple, sugar, avacado, tomato, potato, cassava, maize, papaya, mango, and trees to name some staples. On the side of challenges, and due to limited broad-based understanding of some basics such as pest control, irrigation, mulching, crop rotation, seed selection, and marketing strategies, the farmers do not get large yields or returns on their harvested crops. Most are subsistence farmers aching for new ways to go about crop production, crop conservation, and harvest-to-market techniques. This is where KARUCO comes in.

Dr. Benson Bagonza founded KARUCO - Karagwe University College to address the need for improved agriculture. His concept paper outlined specifically how the district's first university could teach entrepreneurial agri-business techniques and transform Karagwe through economic and social improvement. The university was approved by the community, the ELCT (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania) and is supported by governmental organizations and other institutions of higher education. Jan B. Hansen learned of the concept in 2008, knew it would work and pledged her support that resulted
Small Grain HarvestSmall Grain HarvestSmall Grain Harvest

KARUCO is needed for viable market analysis.
in the formation of the nonprofit Educate Tanzania, Inc. in 2010. Meanwhile, the ELCT hired Dr. Brighton Katabaro to coordinate all functions related to the establishment of KARUCO. ETI, the ELCT, European partners --all agree that a university - birthed in Karagwe- would bring about increased understanding and therefore higher yields, healthier crops, better nutrition, sustainable revenue streams, exciting businesses, improved economy and importantly - social justice for those commonly left out of the picture - often women. The idea of a university has taken hold and building has begun (see previous blogs especially "KARUCO Ag Tag" - January/February, 2013).

Join Educate Tanzania on a tour of Karagwe using the beautiful images of Ashley Miller of AshMill Photography in Nashville, Tennessee. Ashley volunteered to accompany Educate Tanzania Inc. (ETI) in January, 2013 as it led a team of curriculum developers from the College of Agriculture at the University of Minnesota and the provost from EARTH (Agricultural) University in Costa Rica. Each year, Ashley tags along with a nonprofit, donating
High on the Food ChainHigh on the Food ChainHigh on the Food Chain

Karagwe Unplugged - KARUCO is needed to help the community determine how and where meat fits in the market.
her time, talents and costs to help worthy nonprofits in Tanzania tell their story. ETI offers its kudos and thanks.


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Go to Educate Tanzania website: http://educatetanzania.org

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Banana Ndizi Shamba EverywhereBanana Ndizi Shamba Everywhere
Banana Ndizi Shamba Everywhere

KARUCO will show new ways to select, irrigate, protect, fertilize and conserve.

Educate Tanzania Karagwe Unplugged
Current Harvest to MarketCurrent Harvest to Market
Current Harvest to Market

This future student could benefit from her own business plan at KARUCO
Lush Leaves in KaragweLush Leaves in Karagwe
Lush Leaves in Karagwe

AshMill Photography
Maximizing the ResourcesMaximizing the Resources
Maximizing the Resources

KARUCO builds upon Karagwe's strengths

AshMill Photography

Karagwe boasts a variety of crops

KARUCO - Karagwe University College is needed to put the farmers (mostly women) in touch with agriculturalists from around the world.
College of Agriculture - Univ of MinnesotaCollege of Agriculture - Univ of Minnesota
College of Agriculture - Univ of Minnesota

Pedro Bidegaray wrote 'hands-on' learning into the KARUCO Ag Curriculum
Get Women Closer to RevenueGet Women Closer to Revenue
Get Women Closer to Revenue

KARUCO is needed to put the farmers (mostly women) in touch with improved techniques and get them closer to the revenue streams.
Karagwe UnpluggedKaragwe Unplugged
Karagwe Unplugged

AshMill Photography, Nashville, Tennessee

Some of the best coffee in the world - needing to improve harvest to market methods

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