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Presented By: Harold Msanya, Livingstone Masija

Event: ECHO East Africa Biennial Symposium 2023 Sustainable Agriculture Best Practices (2023-02-21)

Session: The use of draft power to reduce human drudgery has been in existence in East Africa and other parts of the world for millennia. While there is so much potential in using draft power, especially for small-scale farmers, there are also challenges that need sustainable solutions. Livingstone and Harold are going to share their experience, demonstrating the way they have been promoting animal-friendly draft power in northern Tanzania, using a methodology/approach known as Creative Capacity Building (CCB) which was invented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-D Lab. They will share practical testimonies which show that users of technology can take part in designing and developing solutions to their problems regardless of their level of education.

Biographical information: Harold Msanya is an engineer by profession and has implemented community-based projects for over 20 years in Tanzania. Major areas of interventions include: - Integrated Water Resources Management, Agriculture, Renewable energy, and appropriate technologies. For the last seven years, Harold has been working for ECHO EA as Innovation Coordinator, leading the Appropriate Technology section to work with small scale CA farmers to develop solutions for draft power and animal welfare challenges. Livingstone Masija is a Community development professional with a Master’s of Cooperative and Community Development and over 10 years of experience working in the Animal welfare professions.