Monitoring Trip: Australian High Commissioner Visit (J677 & J239)

On the 26th August 2014, Australia’s High Commissioner to Tanzania, H.E. Geoff Tooth visited the GDG project J677 Tanzanian Biogas Project in Nronga, Tanzania. He was accompanied by GDG representative Carey Westwood and J677 In-Country project manager Edward Ulicky and his wife Victoria. They were able to meet and hear from women who – because of a DAP funded grant in 2013 – had received household biogas. Their stories were laced with gratefulness and thanks. Significant output and outcomes include:

  • time management/income generation from less time collecting firewood;
  • the biogas had helped with their health (eyes and lungs previously affected from cooking fire smoke);
  • greater crop growth (from fertiliser);
  • husband’s now cooking on stoves;
  • greater animal health from cowshed upgrade and feed improvements and therefore milk production has increased
  • as well as an overall improvement in their quality of living

The High Commissioner was also able to visit another GDG project – J239 School Milk Project – also in Nronga. This project is a group of women called the Nronga Women’s Dairy Coop who supply milk from their cows to a factory that processes and distributes it to local schools. H. E. Geoff Tooth was able to participate by handing the milk out to a group of school children before tasting the milk himself. The High Commissioner then spoke and commended the project and what it had achieved which he was very impressed with.