October 07, 2015 6:00 PM
Several transnational corporations have come to Tanzania to invest in plantations in the country's Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor, a region the size of Italy.
The initiative is sponsored by a food security alliance created by the G7 group of industrialized countries. The goal is to bring innovation to agriculture and create more jobs in the sector to reduce poverty and wipe out hunger in the nation.
Today, UNHCR started the relocation of 50,000 Burundian refugees to two camps in North West Tanzania, which the government has reopened to ease the suffering of tens of thousands of people in the crowded Nyarugusu camp.
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§ The Government of Tanzania has identified two new sites (Nduta and Mtendeli) to relocate an estimated 50,000 Burundian refugees (35,000 in Nduta and an initial 15,000 in Mtendeli). The relocation is due to start on October 7th, 2015.
NAIROBI, Sept 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of Burundian refugees risk unwanted pregnancies, dangerous deliveries and unsafe abortions when they move next week to camps without reproductive health services, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) said.
Maize is the main staple crop in Tanzania. Rice and beans are also very important, the latter constituting the main source of protein for most low- and middleincome households. Dar es Salaam is the main consumer market in the country. Arusha is another important market and is linked with Kenya in the north. Dodoma represents the central region of the country, a semi-arid, deficit area. Mtwara sits in a south coastal deficit area while Songea and Mbeya represent the southern highlands. Tanga is also a coastal town in the north, with trade connections with Kenya.
The relocation of refugees is scheduled to start in October to Nduta and Mtendeli camps. Priority will be given to individuals currently living in mass shelters and flood prone areas, and to new arrivals. Karago camp does not have water and therefore, the relocation of refugees to Karago will only begin in 2016 after Nduta and Mtendeli have been fully occupied.
WFP has set up facilities for food related activities in Nduta camp and is proceeding with the same in Mtendeli.
- More than 95,707 Burundian refugees have arrived in Tanzania since early May 2015 and are living in Nyarugusu camp.
- A total of 1,769 refugees arrived in Tanzania between 15th and 21st September; the most used entry points are Buhigwe, Kakongo, and Ngara.
- The average daily rate of arrivals into Tanzania is below 250 individuals.
- As of 21th September, Nyarugusu camp is host to 161,121 refugees mainly from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Northern, bimodal areas likely to see improved food security by Vuli harvest in December/January