Project owner CARI

Combating food insecurity through agroecology 

The Centre d'Actions et de Réalisations Internationales (CARI) has set up a vast agroecological transition programme in the Arusha region of Tanzania. Its aim is to revitalise agricultural production using sustainable methods in order to meet the dual challenge of combating desertification and ensuring the economic subsistence of local populations.


Located in the north of Tanzania, the Arusha region is suffering the direct consequences of climate change in a country whose population has jumped by more than 40% in the last ten years. The degradation of natural resources and soil is putting the inhabitants of this rural area in a worrying situation of food insecurity. Rural households, and particularly women, are at the front line of these difficulties.

The region therefore needs to establish a resilient food system based on sustainable agricultural production techniques that combine sustainable land management, resource conservation and productivity. The aim is to achieve lasting improvements in production methods, food supply and farmers’ incomes, while proposing a model that can be replicated on a national scale.


Founded in 1998 and based in Montpellier, CARI is an international solidarity NGO. Its main mission is to combat desertification and establish sustainable land management in drylands, while promoting social justice.

Since 2022, in partnership with local organisations Iles de la Paix, MVIWAARUSHA and RECODA, CARI has been operating a vast agroecological transition programme called ‘Kilimo Endelevu Arusha’, meaning ‘Sustainable Agriculture Arusha’ in Swahili.

Designed to run for 9 years, with three 3-year phases, the aim of the project is to provide long-term support to small family farms to help them professionalise their practices by acquiring skills in sustainable agriculture. Farmers receive training and technical support, including post-harvest management and marketing practices. Support is also provided for the creation of storage facilities.

To effectively launch momentum towards achieving food sovereignty, citizens and local authorities are mobilised within a multi-actor consultation process.

Assessment of actions carried out in 2023:

  • Dissemination of soil management practices to halt erosion and improve soil water conservation
  • Training in new cultivation and storage techniques for farmers in the 10 intervention villages
  • Diversification of agricultural production and livestock activities
  • Implementation of participatory guarantee systems to certify marketed local products
  • Participation in advocacy for better waste management among policy makers in the city and region of Arusha
  • Awareness-raising actions on healthy eating among consumers

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Our support

  • Multi-year partnership (2022-2024)
  • Financial support 
  • Connection with the Mirova-Sunfunder teams based in Arusha 

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