PELUM Tanzania envisions: Organized, vibrant and prosperous smallholder farming communities deriving their livelihoods from sustainable ecological land use.
Participatory Ecological Land Use Management
Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) Tanzania is a legally registered network of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) 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 small holder 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 the United Republic of Tanzania formulated a Non-governmental Act which among others 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 complied with this NGO Act of 2002 and was registered as an NGO with registration No. 1978 by The Ministry of Community Development Gender and Children. 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, PELUM Uganda, PELUM Kenya, PELUM Zambia, PELUM Zimbabwe, PELUM Malawi, PELUM Lesotho, PELUM 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 association has come together to facilitate leaning, networking and advocacy in sustainable agriculture.
In September 1999 PELUM Tanzania CWG held the first Visioning Workshop which developed the vision, mission, values and strategic areas for PELUM Tanzania. These have been the basis for all PELUM Tanzania interventions all the way to 2009. According to this visioning, PELUM Tanzania had four strategic objectives namely: Networking; Capacity building of member organizations; Documentation and Communication; Lobby and advocacy on land use management and food security; and Promoting PELUM Tanzania functioning and visibility. Following its institutional and operational growth, and arising new demands of Member Organizations and changes at local, national and international levels, PELUM Tanzania recognized the rationale for having a strategic plan that would accommodate the aforesaid challenges. Therefore, in 2010, PELUM Tanzania developed its six years (2010 – 2015) strategic plan.
PELUM Tanzania envisions: Organized, vibrant and prosperous smallholder farming communities deriving their livelihoods from sustainable ecological land use..
To 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, advocacy, and mainstreaming of gender, HIV/AIDS and climatic change.