Karagwe Unplugged 4 - FOODS 2

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March 8th 2013
Published: March 15th 2013
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KARUCO Will Grow Crops With the CommunityKARUCO Will Grow Crops With the CommunityKARUCO Will Grow Crops With the Community

KARUCO will research new crops and technologies on its college farm plots
The focus of this photo journal entry is the second entry on "Foods". See previous blog for particulars of crops of Karagwe - beautiful banana, coffee, pineapple, sugar, avacado, tomato, potato, cassava, maize, papaya, mango, and trees to name some staples. As I said in my last entry, challenges, due to limited broad-based understanding of some basics such as pest control, irrigation, mulching, crop rotation, seed selection, and marketing strategies, include the farmers not getting 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 the comprehensive plan for KARUCO - Karagwe University College 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 in

Some of the best coffee in the world.
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 and her camera tag along with nonprofits, donating her time, talents and costs to help worthy nonprofits in Tanzania tell their story. ETI offers its kudos and thanks.


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Most in Karagwe live on banana.

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

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KARUCO will improve crop conditions and market approaches
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Karagwe leaders determine where meat fits in the market and family diet
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Best Pineapple Ever

Jan says, "I am pretty confident that Karagwe has the corner on the definition of pineapple."
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AshMill Photography

Ashley brings out the best in the shamba

Farmers want to know how to rotate, fertilize and sustain this staple

The world just can't have enough of these
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Educate Tanzania helps build KARUCO to increase food security
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Educate Tanzania...remembering the market - smells and all
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Typical Soil and Banana

The CFANS professors visit the shamba

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