Until 2015, we worked in Tanzania to help farmers safeguard their produce without harming wild elephants.
Farming in elephant habitats
We’ve been working in Mikumi National Park in Tanzania for five years. It’s a natural elephant habitat, which is close to local farmland. This can cause problems for farmers in the area as the elephants often eat or crush maize crops, sometimes destroying a whole year’s income. To protect their livelihoods, farmers respond with extreme measures that can kill elephants – like poisoning crops they know elephants will eat. So we’re working to provide practical solutions that keep elephants safe and protect crops.
We’re helping to reduce conflicts between elephants and farmers, using simple ideas involving bees and chilli.
Elephants avoid bees and chilli. So we help farmers to build deterrents that won’t harm elephants, using beehives and chilli powder. Beehives are suspended from posts outside farms. And sisal – a local crop – is dipped in a mixture of engine oil and chilli powder and then hung from fences. We fund loans and savings project, too, to help farmers pay for these safe solutions.
Farmers from Mikumi village harvest chillies in Tanzania