By the grace of God, Kilimo Timilifu will train Tanzanians to use their vocation as Conservation Agriculturalists to impact the coastal peoples of Tanzania and beyond.
To train Tanzanians in agricultural entrepreneurship and community outreach so that they are equipped to be successful, self-supporting farmers, impacting communities along the coast of Tanzania.
Historically, Tanzanians have struggled to send their own people to impact the under-developed areas of Tanzania, especially the coast – one of the most marginalized and impoverished areas of Tanzania. There are few Tanzanians financially able to live in such conditions and, of those who do, they have struggled to secure a quality education for their children in these locations. Kilimo Timilifu will practically address the above issues that have contributed to these coastal areas remaining largely under-developed by traditional Tanzanian practice.
According to African Economic Outlook (Sep-2013) 75% of all Tanzanians are involved in farming, which provides for approximately 27.7% of Tanzania’s GDP. Tanzania’s coastal people are predominantly subsistent farmers. Tanzanian village law allows Tanzanians to request available lands to farm freely. Despite available land, the southern coast remains one of the most impoverished areas of Tanzania. Kilimo Timilifu will implement a holistic approach to farming whereby the farmer recognizes that a personal relationship with the Creator of soil and seed is vital to successful harvest from the soil and of the hearts of men. KT will work in community and will train on site up to twelve Tanzanian Intern families per year from various locations in Tanzania.
The Internship will incorporate training in Conservation Agriculture (CA), Appropriate Technology, Farming Cooperatives, Biblical principles of life and cross-cultural discipleship skills. Additionally, KT will train these Tanzanian families in homeschooling skills so they can supplement their children’s local school education in order to ensure that they receive a quality education wherever they serve. KT interns will live in the surrounding community and apply immediately what they are learning. Upon completion of the internship, these interns will be certified as KT Conservation Agriculture Trainers. The interns will be empowered to provide for themselves and enter these traditionally closed coastal areas with a role that can bridge traditional barriers, combat poverty and create opportunities to effectively empower others. The result will be neighbor-loving Tanzanians living self-supported as they use their skill as CA farmers and trainers to impact the community around them wherever they end up living.
KT will spend about five years in developing its own sustainable CA farm to support KT thereafter. KT expatriate staff will work towards replacing themselves with qualified Tanzanians so that in eight to twelve years KT’s permanent staff will be entirely Tanzanian.
KT will work with like-minded African organizations to empower Tanzanians to develop Tanzania. KT will train Tanzanians to be successful cross-cultural workers and self-supporting CA farmers and trainers. After successfully completing a one-year KT internship/training, these Tanzanians will receive a certificate as Conservation Agricultural Trainers and will be well-equipped to live in these under-developed areas with the goal of living out their life to empower their fellow Tanzanians.
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. (ESV)
2 Corinthians 9:10