IS THE AMANI BUTTERFLY PROJECT?
are a non-profit organization that helps 400 rural
Tanzanians from 6 villages in the East Usambara
Mountains farm and market native butterflies.
The mission of the project is to reduce poverty
and create incentive for forest conservation.
butterfly farmers are represented in the project
by an elected board of 12 volunteer butterfly
farmers who set the project's prices, policies,
and control the dispersal of the project's village
development fund (10% of butterfly farmer earnings).
The fund is used for projects that benefit the
whole community like building schools.
farmers, more than 50% of whom are women, also
control membership in the project. New members
are only allowed to join if there is a need for
more production. For example, the farmers recently
agreed to expand the project by 100 farmers on
the condition that the new farmers only produce
species which were not already produced in sufficient
butterfly farmers receive about 70% of the project's
sales and the other 30% covers the project's staff
salaries and operating costs. As sales increase,
farmers will receive an even larger percentage.
Amani Butterfly Project is a project of the Tanzania
Forest Conservation Group (TFCG). TFCG provides
technical assistance regarding butterfly farming,
marketing, export, financial management, and conservation
efforts. To learn more about TFCG and its other
projects, follow the link for support at the left
of the page.