Savannas Forever Tanzania - Whole Village Project - One Health Commission

Savannas Forever Tanzania - Whole Village Project

Savannas Forever Tanzania – Whole Village Project


A Systems Approach to Improving Health, Livelihoods, Food Security, and

Natural Resource Status in Rural Tanzania




The Whole Village Project (WVP) is a collaboration between the University of

Minnesota and a Tanzanian NGO, Savannas Forever (SFTZ). The WVP has worked

with USAID, SNV, faith-based and government hospitals, NGOs, and district/village

governments to develop a quantitative interdisciplinary baseline in 56 villages across

Tanzania. Integrated household data on food security, nutrition, wildlife conflicts,

livestock health, HIV/AIDS, agriculture and socioeconomics are presented to village

stakeholders to support evidence-based village planning.




We consider the “whole village” to be the unit of successful poverty alleviation, taking

advantage of synergies between health, agriculture, energy, water, conservation and

civil society projects and innovations. WVP research findings provide a platform to

convene villagers, donors, NGOs, hospitals and other institutions to better understand

linkages between different aspects of village life. Survey findings are used to design

targeted communication trainings in which multiple partners participate in grass roots

planning and training sessions. These discussions allow rural communities to prioritize

and improve existing development programs or begin new ones. Return visits will

enable quantitative measurement of the impacts of development projects at the

household/village level.


Scope Tanzania. Future work will include Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.


Primary Funders


USAID, SNV, Partners for Development, Canadian FoodGrains Bank, African Wildlife

Foundation, Friedkin Conservation Fund, Univ. of Minnesota


Participants & Key Collaborators


Tanzanian National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzanian Wildlife Research

Institute, district and community HIV/AIDS officers and hospitals in 13 districts,

including Arusha Lutheran Medical Center mobile clinic staff, village leaders and

councils in 56 villages.


Definition of One Health


The effects of climate change, wildlife conflicts, pastoralism and local ecology on

livestock health and human well-being (childhood diseases, family nutrition and

economic development).


Monitoring & Evaluation Strategy


We collect interdisciplinary evidence that can be used to design, implement, monitor

and evaluate development projects. We conduct rigorous data quality assessments and

field team productivity measures.


Sources of Information

Contact Susan James

+255-783-514380 (TZ)

Craig Packer

+255-754-828258 (TZ)

612-275-3686 (US)


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