Anti-poaching, Community Development, Research & GIS Mapping – Tanzania

Income Generating

FCF visiting the US!

Keith Roberts, the Manager of the FCF office in Arusha, Tanzania, will
be at the SCI Convention in Reno, NV from January 26-29.  He will be
giving two presentations on anti-poaching efforts in Tanzania.  The time
and location of each presentation is listed below. Please feel free to
sit in on the meetings or visit us at the FCF booth (#215).  (The FCF
booth is shared with Tanzania Game Tracker Safaris Limited).

Record Book Committee Meeting
Room A5
8:00am – January 26th, Wednesday

Conservation Committee Meeting
Room A5
4:00pm – January 28th, Friday

We welcome the opportunity to talk with you and tell you more about the
work FCF is doing in Tanzania!

Bees! Bees! Bees!

In October 2009 FCF started implementation of a project to support 3 beekeeping groups in Manyoni District near the Kizigo/Muhesi Game Reserves with modern hives, equipment and beekeeping training.

Beehive Fundis!

Based on the successes and challenges faced in this project FCF is looking to replicate and improve the model in a similar project in Kasulu and Kigoma in the next few months. During the trip we met with the village beekeeping groups in 5 villages to discuss the project with the groups together with the District Beekeeping Officer.

Elliot Kinsey meeting with local governments about beekeeping.

We received a positive response and it was good to get the ball rolling on the preparation for this project!

For full beekeeping funding proposal or more information, please e-mail Britt Hosmer – FCF U.S. Representative.


Village Community Bank (VICOBA)- SUCCESS!

It was a great to have the opportunity to visit the Village Community Bank (VICOBA) groups. In Moyowosi Area we currently have 12 groups near to the Moyowosi Game Reserves who are proceeding well. After the initial 16 weeks of training the VICOBAs have started to disburse micro loans to their members for a variety of income generating activities including small kiosks selling household groceries and goods, buying and selling cash and food crops including honey, corn, beans, cassava, salt, sale of goats, poultry and vegetable projects and group tree nursery projects.

The groups of 20-40 members have already grown impressively in the first few months and some have over $4,000 in circulation all from their own initiative since September 2009. The groups continue to request further support from FCF and we are continuing to provide technical guidance and training as we look for ways to build capacity and encourage further growth.

For more information please visit our website –


Income Generating Projects

FCF recognizes the necessity of finding long term solutions to alleviate rural poverty. We strive to empower local communities with the means to see tangible benefits from their natural resources and the environment through sustainable income-generating projects.

We understand that to have a lasting impact we must focus on enabling people to help themselves through projects that provide sustainable livelihoods.

Through income-generating projects we are able to focus on what the villagers do well and improve their capacity to be self-reliant and support themselves in the long term.

Rusohoko fish farm, Kibondo District

Fish farming

The Rusohoko fish farming group in western Tanzania was formed by their own initiative with FCF support, and the first ponds were dug using the knowledge they gleaned from similar projects in the refugee communities in western Tanzania.

We are keen to see the group succeed and will continue to support them in the initial stages. Once the Rusohoko group is well established we hope to expand this successful initiative to other groups and suitable areas.

Beehives, Tabora District


Beekeeping is a prime example of how natural resource conservation is directly linked to community development. By promoting beekeeping, FCF is in turn promoting the restoration and conservation of the environment. Kangeme beekeepers (in Tabora District), with the support of the Mzuri Foundation, have just had a record harvest from hives hung in the Ugalla Game Reserve in August 2007. This initiative will empower the beekeepers to expand their production and to value the natural resources of the reserve.

Based on the success of the Kangeme Beekeepers, FCF plans to expand this project in other areas.