SEMA The Serengeti-Mara ecosystem project contributes to the conservation of Serengeti-Mara ecosystems through empowering local communities to adapt to sustainable livelihoods.
The Mara-Serengeti landscape is known for the rich wildlife well captured by travellers from all over the world. But for farmers living side by side with the wild animals, life can be a struggle. Elephant droppings at the farm. Footprints from wild animals in the maize field. Animals destroying the crops. It can even reach to a level when wild animals are being poached by humans or humans killed by the wild animals. The SEMA project is implemented in these areas characterised by high poverty levels and human-wildlife conflict. By strengthening target communities to adapt to sustainable livelihoods and to support ecosystem management and wildlife conservation the project aims to improve the livelihoods of the farmers and reduce the conflict by rehabilitating the wildlife corridors.
TheSEMA project period is 2018-2021 and the project is funded by the European Union. The geographical area is in Tarime, Bunda and Serengeti districts in Tanzania and in Narok and Bomet county in Kenya. In the SEMA project our partner organisations are Bunda Farmers Development Support Organization (BUFADESO) and Fintea Growers Co-operative Union Ltd (Fintea)