Shake shake the mango tree

After a nice weekend of snorkelling and exploring the Stone town in Zanzibar we returned back to Dar es Salaam on Monday 13th March and experienced the first rain and flooding streets during our trip. The second week’s focus was more on agriculture and government. The first activity of the week was to visit mama Nkonoki’s garden in Kilungule neighbourhood. Mama Nkonoki is the mother of Emma Nkonoki whom we met in Finland before the trip. We discussed with Mama Nkonoki about farming, especially focusing on fertilizing. She was not familiar with urine fertilizing, but became really interested. Mama Nkonoki also showed us her garden. I want to grow my own mango tree as well! Shame that mango trees would probably not survive very well in Finland…IMG_6710

In the evening we moved to a new accommodation. This week we lived at three local families in Kigamboni area, organised through Duara travels. Staying at the local families was very different from the touristy beach place where we stayed the first week. Even though the slight culture shock related to the toilet and shower facilities, living like locals was definitely an interesting and unique experience.

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On Tuesday we visited the National Environmental Management Council of Tanzania (NEMC) and met Ben Kyaruzi, who is an environmental management officer at NEMC. Discussion with Ben gave us information concerning the future plans concerning sanitation improvement in Tanzania and challenges around the topic.

After meeting with NEMC we also visited an ornamental flower farm. At the farm we met some local farmers with whom we had a great opportunity to discuss about their attitudes towards using urine or compost as fertilizers. After the meeting with these farmers as well as with Mama Nkonoki I feel that there is a lot of potential farmers interested in using human-based fertilizers, but that awareness raising, pilot gardening and test results are necessary to convince people.

The days during our stay in Tanzania were really long and when the adaptation to the new culture and climate was still consuming quite a big part of my energy resources, my energy levels on Tuesday evening were so low that I even forgot my shoes on the street while we stopped to buy some fruits for breakfast on our way back to the accommodation. Luckily, two days later a super friendly girl from one of the host families found my shoes so I got them back!

Tuuli and the #tanzanitationsquad

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