Most people at Mikocheni and Kisimangeda villages are farmers and fishermen; their main crops are onions, maize, and beans, they also keep small number of cows, goats and sheep. Crop production is usually stumpy and even when they want to sell; they normally sell at unstable price.
Fishing is only done during heavy rain season when Lake Eyasi is full of water, during dry seasons, the lake dries and hence no fishing take place.
This situation has highly affected their economy and food security in general. Most of their children are highly on a risk of malnutrition as they don’t get enough protein while their income continues to deteriorate.
Alternatively, they engage on expanding onion gardens adjacent Lake Eyasi, as a result, habitats and breeding sites for fish and other organisms continues to be degraded. Others engage on making charcoal and sell to by passing vehicles along the road. This has affected their habitat particularly Kisimangeda Village which has semi-arid condition due to excessive logging.
If you ask villagers of Kisimangeda, they will tell you that, previously they had enough trees, but currently they don’t have.
By engaging on mushroom farming, they will obtain another source of income and protein, they will use small area around their homes to grow mushroom and sell to the market. Their children will grow healthy on getting substantial protein from mushroom. On doing this their economy will be improved while their environment will also be conserved.
This project supported villages on skills for mushroom farming, they were enhanced to construct mushroom house and other necessary materials such as mushroom spawn and water storage tanks. They were also enhanced to construct spawn laboratory and knowledge to make spawn.
The project was funded by World Vision-international.