About the Impact Center

This center was was developed to provide ECHO services to help those in East Africa who work with the poor more effectively, especially in the area of ​​agriculture and alternative methods. ECHO East Africa works as a basic training center giving technical assistance to help organizations and community development workers to work more effectively to reduce hunger.


  • Conduct research and development on locally appropriate sustainable agriculture practices
  • Collaborate with, and provide networking opportunities for, development agencies working in East Africa
  • Provide garden displays and demonstrations of agricultural options
  • Provide agricultural resources for study
  • Demonstrate alternative training methods, including creative collaboration and exhibitions
  • The ECHO seed bank provides packaged seeds, as well as seed exchange opportunities and seed conservation education.
  • Training for home gardens (organic gardens, kitchen gardens, gardens, bags and manufacture of peat)
  • Training and visits to fruit tree nurseries
  • Organization of conferences, workshops, forums, exchange visits, and training in best practices
  • Network between farmers and other development partners
  • Conduct agricultural fairs




Erwin Kinsey

ECHO East Africa Impact Center
P O Box 15205
Arusha Tanzania



East Africa Updates

Apaikunda’s Story 2019-07-16

Guest Post By: Samantha Shpeller, ECHO East Africa Intern

Apaikunda is a mother of seven in the village of Ngyeku in Tanzania. Her husband has passed away, leaving her to care for the younger four of seven children on her own. In order to provide for them, Apaikunda works as a weeder for other people, as she does not own any land herself. The eldest three of her seven children have moved out of the house, living independently, one of whom is a brick maker (image below). In addition to the challenges of being a single parent, Apaikunda is living with HIV.

Human immunodeficiency virus or HIV is a disease that weakens people’s immune systems by destroying T-cells. These cells are an important component of the body’s defense system against infections. Therefore, someone living with HIV has a hard time fighting off infections which enter their body. One way to help manage HIV is to ensure you eat a healthy diet, keeping the body as nourished as possible.

Apaikunda was recruited by Safara, a Ngyeku village leader, to participate in this project. As a member of the village, she could identify the most vulnerable people more accurately than an outsider.

Apaikunda’s son, Noel’s brick making business

Apaikunda’s son, Noel’s brick making business

Upon being recruited, Apaikunda attended trainings conducted by ECHO on how to care for dairy goats. She now regularly attends group discussion’s lead by Safara for project participants in Ngyeku where farmers discuss problems they have encountered and how to manage them. At the end of training, Apaikunda was gifted a female Irish dairy goat, sponsored by Bothar. The Irish dairy goats normally produce 3-4 times more milk than the local breeds. Apaikunda’s goat is currently pregnant. She pointed out the goat’s big belly to the survey team with optimism. Apaikunda and her neighbour combined resources to build a shelter for their goats together.

Following the birth of her goat kid, the project goat will begin producing milk which Apaikunda can use as a source of food, helping her to maintain a healthy body and manage HIV. Additionally, the goat kids can be sold for income or kept as additional food supply for the family. Apaikunda is hopeful that income generated from the project will help to cover school fees and to help her make necessary repairs to her home.

Currently, a team of interns from Sokoine University of Agriculture, the University of Winnipeg and ECHO are collaborating to conduct a survey to collect baseline data about the project recipients. The purpose is to allow for a study in a few years to evaluate the project again to measure the project impact over time. This survey also allows for the farmers to provide feedback to the project as to how things are going thus far.

About East Africa

Food insecurity has increased significantly in East Africa due to the rapid increase in population, with an increase of 150% by 2050. Over 40% of children in East Africa are malnourished. The largest number of these children are orphaned and living in difficult circumstances. Most of the rural population lives in poverty, relying on a subsistence lifestyle. Some of the reasons for this situation include:

  • A High rate of loss of yield
  • Underdeveloped, weak markets, farmers lack the infrastructure to improve thier value chains
  • Minority farmers and herdsmen in the region, don't have adequate access to agricultural services, continuing education or access to formal training
  • Increased pressure forcing families to cultivate a little land, which results in land degradation and loss of sustainability in food production
  • Drought, especially in arid pastoralist areas.
  • Deforestation
  • Flooding
  • Climate

Where we are located

If you are driving North from Arusha, it is 15 km north of the city along A104 (the main road). After you see Mount Meru University on the right, the office will be another half km north and on the right-hand side of the road.
If you are driving South from Nairobi, it is 96 km south of the Namanga border crossing along A104 (the main road). As you see Mount Meru getting closer, pay attention and look for the Habari Maalum Station which will be on the left-hand side of the road.
If you come via public transportation, ride the bus (dala dala) from Arusha to Ngaramtoni; then take another bus from Ngaramtoni to the Habari Maalum Radio Station. Guards and staff will be happy to give you directions to the front door of the ECHO office.

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