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07 Dec 2016 description

Nditolai Longoni is a traditional birth attendant in northern Tanzania and a member of the Maasai tribe, a semi-nomadic people whose way of life has remained largely unchanged for centuries. To visit a Maasai village, like the one in Manyara region where Longoni lives, is to step back into a fascinating and ancient way of life. The Maasai are cattle herders, and animals are literally the lifeblood of the community. The tribe measures its wealth in cows, goats and sheep, and its diet consists almost exclusively of raw meat, raw milk and fresh animal blood.

02 Dec 2016 description
report APOPO

On Wednesday the 23rd of November, APOPO celebrated the opening of its new HeroRAT TB Detection Facility in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Partners, donors and clinic staff alike attended the celebration with words from The Honourable Ummy Mwalimu (MP) - Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (Represented by Dr Mohamed A. Mohamed – Director of Health Quality Assurance, Ministry of Health).

01 Dec 2016 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

01 Dec 2016 description

Poor start for Msimu and Vuli seasons likely to exacerbate food insecurity

Key Messages

01 Dec 2016 description

Insufficient and uneven rainfall exacerbates ground conditions in East Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Locust outbreak has occurred in western Mauritania. Ground control operations are in progress, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

  2. Poor early season precipitation has resulted in increasing moisture deficits and deteriorating ground conditions throughout portions of Angola, southern DRC, and northern Zambia.

01 Dec 2016 description

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:

Revisions in the EPOA were that additional funds were made available for a vehicle to support the RDRT’s mission, since the vastness of the affected area was greater than initially planned.

01 Dec 2016 description

DAR ES SALAAM – Ireland today provided the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) with a contribution of EUR 500,000 to support refugees hosted in Tanzania. With these funds, Ireland is helping WFP maintain its assistance operations for a quarter of a million refugees. The refugees, primarily from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are hosted by the Government of Tanzania at three camps in Kigoma Region in the west of Tanzania.

30 Nov 2016 description

In May of this year, governments, NGOs and international agencies came together at the World Humanitarian Summit to discuss the future of humanitarian aid worldwide. Also present, and involved in the process leading up to the Summit particularly around funding, were representatives from the private sector.

30 Nov 2016 description

The livestock industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the agricultural economy, contributing approximately 40 percent of the global value of agricultural production. Most of this growth is in response to global changes, such as a growing and increasingly urbanized human population, accompanied by an increase in meat consumption.

30 Nov 2016 description

Reduced planting in Rutana, Ruyigi, and Cankuzo due to erratic rainfall

Key Messages

30 Nov 2016 description



  • The season started slowly in some areas.

  • During September to November, wetter than normal areas spread over the central and western Angola, eastern Botswana, north-eastern South Africa, northern Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland.

  • Seasonally average conditions occurred across north -western DRC, north and west of Tanzania, Madagascar and south Mozambique.


28 Nov 2016 description

by Kizito Makoye | @kizmakoye | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Monday, 28 November 2016 14:18 GMT

Tanzania has one of the lowest rates of birth registration in sub-Saharan Africa

NJOMBE, Tanzania, Nov 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At Lunyanywi village in Tanzania's southern highlands, local residents gather to welcome a new member of their community.

Antonia Kisena and her husband Moses are celebrating the birth of a baby boy they have named Arnold with drumming, food and a specially prepared local brew.

26 Nov 2016 description

Drought conditions likely to persist over eastern Horn, despite increased rains in some areas

Key Messages

25 Nov 2016 description


  • The Patient Procurement Platform (PPP) mobile application to register farmers and provide SMS updates has gone live. The application will enable simple and transparent ordering of agriculture inputs.

  • The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) contributed GBP 1 million to WFP’s Refugee Operation in response to a September funding appeal. This contribution has avoided ration reductions, but shortages are still expected in the last quarter of 2016.

Operational Updates

23 Nov 2016 description


  • Embassy of Switzerland has contributed CHF 50,000 towards WFP’s refugee operation in Tanzania.

  • Refugees are being distributed their full November rations.

  • Cash Based Transfers pilot will start in December 2016 with a target group of 10,000 beneficiaries at Nyarugusu Camp.

  • Representatives from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland & Iceland visited Nyarugusu Refugee Camp as part of a mission to strengthen collaboration on the Global Goals.

Situation Update

22 Nov 2016 description


  • Timely rains commenced in South Africa, Swaziland and eastern Botswana, resulting in planting in some areas and slight improvement in dam levels

  • Slow and erratic onset of rains was observed in northern parts of the region, and an improvement is expected by late November to early December

  • Shortfalls in commercial maize seed availability and farmers’ reduced purchasing power may negatively affect harvest prospects in several countries if unaddressed

Regional Summary