What is PELUM Tanzania?
Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) Tanzania is a legally registered network of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that have come together to facilitate and promote networking, learning and advocacy in participatory ecological land use management/sustainable agriculture. PELUM Tanzania target groups are the Member Organizations while the beneficiaries are the smallholder farmers and livestock keepers supported by these Member Organizations. PELUM Tanzania was founded in 1995 by five (5) Member Organizations (MOs) and was officially registered as a Trust Fund in June, 2002. In 2002 the government of United Republic of Tanzania formulated a Non-governmental Act which among other required all NGOs to be registered under this act and those which were registered before the act was passed were required to comply with the Tanzania Non- Governmental Organization Act, 2002. Following this compliance requirement, in February 2008, PELUM Tanzania was registered as an NGO by the Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children with registration No. 1978 under NGO Act of 2002. PELUM Tanzania headquarters is in Morogoro Municipality, Tanzania about 200km from Dar es Salaam International Airport.
PELUM Tanzania is one of the ten (10) Country Working Groups (CWGs) of the PELUM Association. Other CWGs include PELUM Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Lesotho, South Africa and PELUM Botswana. The association has its headquarters in Lusaka, Zambia.
An idea of establishing the association that would advance permaculture and promote rural development in Africa started in early 1990s. It reached its maturity in 1995 when 25 member organizations met in Nyanga National Park, Zimbabwe and officially launched it as PELUM Association which included ten countries. The members of the association have come together to facilitate leaning, networking and advocacy in sustainable agriculture
PELUM Tanzania Vision
PELUM Tanzania envisions organised, vibrant and prosperous smallholder farming communities driving their livelihoods from sustainable ecological land use.
PELUM Tanzania Mission
PELUM Tanzania Mission is facilitate the process of sustainable development with large emphasis on ecological land use management through building the capacity of Member Organizations working with smallholder farming community by networking, documentation, lobbying and advocacy, and mainstreaming of gender, HIV/AIDS and climatic change.
Membership and beneficials
Currently (2012) PELUM Tanzania has 33 Member Organizations in over 16 regions of Tanzania promoting sustainable agriculture with over 1.2million smallholder farmers in rural Tanzania.