Published: AUGUST 10, 2022
We need the best-available knowledge to tackle the challenges of climate change. Sharing knowledge is key to building climate resilience communities, prepared to take climate actions. On NaneNane, Tanzanians come together to exchange innovations, best practices, and newly implemented solutions. Therefore, we saw the Nane Nane exhibition in Morogoro as the right time and place to share our lessons learnt from our projects in the field. We were guests at the Banda of the Bagamoyo district to present a running project in the region on SMS-based climate services and also, showcase Shamsi-TZ, a low-cost solar cooking, baking and drying solution, developed in collaboration with . Solar cooking and climate services are best practices of how to rethink daily activities under the pressure of intensifying climate impacts. With climate services, we want to empower farmers, fishers and pastoralists to adapt their daily activities to build climate resilience. Good climate information is hard to get. It is difficult to understand, how the changing climate impacts daily livelihood activities, so farmers, fishers and pastoralists struggle to adapt to climate challenges. Preparing for climate challenges as droughts, diseases, uncertain rainfall patterns or saltwater intrusion requires a solid basis of information to make smart decisions. We showed at NaneNane how we share climate information in Bagamoyo with weekly SMS. We sent SMS to farmers informing them about the predicted weather and give tips how to react to the weather forecasts. Additionally, we train extension officers in interpreting climate information and adaptation strategies. Farmers, fisher and pastoralist in the project region can now write us an SMS or ask there extension officers to get support in planning to get resilient. The visitors at NaneNane were curious and eager to learn about Climate Services and Adaptation strategies. Farmers from the project region decided on spot to try the new solution and signed up to try the SMS Service. Many reported that they are facing multiple climate challenges and are unsecure how to respond. While climate impacts challenge the communities to build resilience still globally on-going and rising emission toughen this challenges. The use of energy has to shift away from fossil fuels and unsustainable use of biomass. Tanzania has a high potential of renewable energy but it still remains largely untapped due to high investment cost. In specific cooking is still dominate by use of charcoal and gas. Solar cooking proofed to be a viable alternative but many solar cooking solutions fail to scale because of the high prices of high-tech solutions with expensive materials, difficult to build locally. The Shamsi-TZ project present a alternative approach to solar cooking: low-tech and low-tech. To learn hands-on we presented a model of a new solar cooker , developed by Shamsi-TZ, to the interested visitors. Cooking without burning charcoal or gas combines benefits for the health with benefits for climate and environment. Beyond the model of Shamsi TZ is also locally produced, based on low-tech and local materials. This approach allows local communities to adapt the approach easily and get the innovation for low-cost. The visitor explored the solar cooker together with the inventor of Shamsi TZ. They were excited about a solution that works without gas, because gas is becoming more and more expensive. But also we learned a lot from the showcased solutions and innovations at NaneNane. Farming seacucumber and sea weed together can diverse livelihood option in costal regions. Due to climate change fishing gets more and more challenging and fishers look for ways to stabilize their income. In In the Banda of Bagamoyo local communities showed how they produce local products from sea weed as soap, juice or oil. In the Banda of Dar-Es-Salaam farmers presented ways to cope with post-harvest loss. Low-tech cooling systems as charcoal cooler prevent harvest loss by conserving the products at low temperature long enough until they can get sold or used. Spread of diseases, high temperatures and impacts on the transport infrastructure are drivers of post-harvest loss that get more and more intense due to climate change. Apart from cooling the farmers showed that drying is also a good approach to conserve sensitive harvest. Especially fruits as mangos and ananas can be easily conserved. Many more best-practice where presented ranging from aquaponic to drip water irrigation. NaneNane showed us tangible how sharing knowledge and learning together is the key to built resilient communities. Let’s keep sharing what we learn.