AgroCity Association would like to create sustainable, alternative sources of income, in Bushiri, Tanzania without polluting the environment. This crowd-funding is intended to help finance the land of 4 km2, on which an AgroCity will be built.
The AgroCity pilot project will be built in Bushiri, Pangani district in Tanzania by our local partner, Bushiri AgroCity Cooperative under the guidance and support of a team of specialists and experts from the Swiss from our association ACA AgroCity Association.
The logo of our local cooperative – Bushiri AgroCity Co-operative Ltd BAC, was designed by one of our members and depicting the topography of the water source in the area.
Local board members of BAC, chosen to represent the diverse professions, ethnicities and religions in the area – on the right: Akida Boramini, Chairman.
BAC is supported by specialists from our association ACA AgroCity Association – in particular by the ACA board members.
The Bushiri AgroCity will be developed on a 4 km2 plateau area above the Pangani River, making it the first rural-urban city of its kind. The local cooperative BAC and the Swiss association ACA have established a management system according to ISO 9001 for quality and ISO 14001 for environment which will be the base of their implementation.
Bushiri – County
The old farmhouse
What is the funded money used for?
A down payment was made as a form of retainer for the plateau land and the board is now working on raising the rest.
The local partner BAC has carefully developed the project and are ready to implement the AgroCity.
View into the 4 km2 large county
A retainer has been paid for the land to the owner with a written agreement to pay the rest.
In addition to the final payment, funds are urgently needed for the renovation of existing buildings and targeted afforestation.
We, ACA will look for an alternative to finance the rest should we need reach our required goal with the crowd funding. If the amount is exceeded, it will help build a health centre and provide micro-credit for the construction of homes made of recyclable materials.
Why is the project an EcoCrowd project?
The people in the Bushiri region rely either directly or indirectly on marine resources as a source of livelihoods. Ecosystems within the Bushiri region are incredibly rich in biodiversity, and are also home to key endangered species, such as dugongs and coelacanths. However, biodiversity levels have been sorely depleted over the last fifteen years due to the widespread destruction of the coral reefs which contribute a very high proportion of this biodiversity.
On the coast, the most common livelihood activities include fishers as well as small businessmen, both of which normally overlap. Fishing activities are dominated by men, while women are involved in the collection of shrimps and the collection of fish from the shore.
Livelihoods are largely affected by the seasonality of activities; fishing depends on the monsoon winds, and agriculture depends on the amount of rain. Kaskazi (October to April) is a perceived relatively stable time for the community when the weather is mild. Kusi (May to July), however, often presents very grave threats including dangerous rough seas for fishing, disease, and poor harvests, due to this season’s characteristic high winds and heavy rains. Most of the local people usually migrate during the Kusi period to the urban cities (Tanga and Dar es Salaam) in order to survive this harsh period.
The climate change has brought a massive change to the seasons causing lengthy droughts in 2017 and lengthy rainy Seasons in 2018. As a result the local people are unable to rely on their current livelihood. This in turn has triggered more migrations to the urban cities in search of better life.
View of the Indian Ocean in Pangani – Bushiri is 7 km upstream
For this reason, AgroCity Association would like to create sustainable alternative sources of income in the agricultural sector in Bushiri, whilst incurring minimal damage to the environment.
Together with the community members of BAC, ACA aims to construct an urban city that caters to the main limitations as identified by community members. These limitations are access to markets, capital, health, and a lack of modern equipment. Other limitations include education, electricity, employment, income, sanitation, transportation and water.
This idea is of the AgroCity is based on the concept of Al Imfeld’s book “AgroCity – The City for Africa – Outlines for a New Urbanity” published shortly before his death in February 2017. Al Imfeld was a well-known Africa specialist who analysed various sprawling (mega) cities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Meeting of the BAC board with representatives of Eckernforde Tanga University ETU
New Massai house at the Hoteli by Mrs Dahlin – giving an impression of possible future houses in Bushiri
Mrs Dahlin in front of one of her accommodations on the Indian Ocean
Solar cooking at the Hoteli of Mrs Dahlin
Tell us something about yourself.
The Swiss association ACA AgroCity Association has no commercial purpose and no profit. The members are all volunteers passionate about solving to the hunger and poverty problems in Africa from the grassroots.
Bushiri AgroCity is supported by specialists from our association ACA AgroCity Association.
Angelika Dahlin is a development specialist and educator. Angelika who owns a small hotel in area has been working in the region for 30 years, especially in the fight against female genital mutilation, and is the hands-on steering wheel at the site.
Jörg Bürgi PhD, the President of ACA, is inter alia long-time lead auditor for ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environment), a visiting Professor at a Kenyan university, with refined implementation skills responsible for coordinating and management of ACA overview on the project.
Yvonne Apiyo Brändle-Amolo, a Kenyan born, Swiss politician and internationally renowned fem-artivist, is in charge of the inter-cultural communication between the two continents.
The Bushiri Agrocity concept was positively received at the international
– at the 4th African Summit in St. Gallen, the 8th Africities Summit in November 2018 in Marrakech (national and local government representatives from various countries want to cooperate with us) and the World Economic Forum WEF 2019 in Davos.
Marrakesh, Ms Brändle-Amolo is interviewed by Moroccan television on AgroCity.
WEF, Ms Brändle-Amolo with Queen Diambi of Congo and Taiwanese eco-car producer Dr.Tao-Tze
We want for livelihood the inhabitants of the Bushiri, Tanga region,Tanzania, the future, because ...
we want to create sustainable sources of income without polluting the environment and to prevent the rural migration.
ACA also aims to eventually reduce the immigration to Europe by offering a desirable alternative lifestyle to the locals in its AgroCities.
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Welche Eigenschaften treffen für eine erfolgreiche Umsetzung einer AgroCity zu?
o Wissenschaftliche Begleitung
o Wasser wird aus dem nahen Fluss bezogen
o Konzentration auf eine Ethnie
o Traditionelle Bauweisen optimieren den Energieverbrauch
o Lokale Genossenschaft als Träger
o Konzentration auf bestimmte Produkte (z.B. Orangen, Sonnenblumen)
o Umsetzung der Ideen von Albert Schweitzer
o Mix von ländlichen und städtischen Elementen
o Energie wird vom staatlichen Netz bezogen
o Ökologie im Vordergrund
o Vor allem geht es um Praxis
o Wasser wird während der Regenzeit in Zisternen gesammelt
o Leute aus verschiedenen Religionen
o Vision von Al Imfeld
o Produktivität steht im Vordergrund
o Die Aufforstung basiert auf einem optimalen Mix