DAR ES SALAAM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of dates valued at US$126,000 from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to support refugees living in north-west Tanzania.
A ceremony held at WFP’s Tanzania Country Office in Dar es Salaam was attended by Mr. Walid Bin Abdulrahman Alzinedi, a delegate from the Ministry of Finance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Mr. Wajih Bin Masoud Alotaibli, an attache of Economic and Culture Affairs with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Republic of Tanzania.
Priorities for 2011-2015
Emergency Humanitarian Action —for refugees and people who are unable to meet their basic food and nutrition needs due to disasters.
Food Security and Nutrition Support — for chronically hungry people living in extreme poverty and are more vulnerable to shocks.
By Arusha Times Correspondent
Trekking to a neighbouring country in search of scarce water may now be history for residents of Kahe village in Rombo district, Kilimanjaro region, thanks to a major water supply project.
Besides Kahe, the World Bank-funded scheme will also benefit nine other villages in the area, revealed the district water engineer Andrew Tesha when briefing stakeholders on implementation of the programme.
By Arusha Times correspondent
Initially there was no water at all. The villagers had to trek many kilometres in search of the precious liquid for domestic use and for their livestock.
For years the situation remained grim for the 8,000 inhabitants of Katikati village in Kiteto district whose livestock herds outnumber the human population ten times.
It was not only the long distance to the available water holes or ponds in the parched land of the vast Manyara region that pained the cattle keepers.
Survey shows sharp drop in childhood stunting in Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 10 April 2015 – The results of a National Nutrition Survey released in Tanzania show that between 2010 and 2014, chronic malnutrition – stunting, or low height for age – among children under five in the country fell from 42 per cent to 35 per cent.
This case study examines the outcomes of interventions in Tanzania that have promoted the production and consumption of orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) – a biofortified crop – with the objective of reducing vitamin A deficiencies.
By Hazla Quire
Massive storms have hit hard the Ambureti and Shangarai villages in Meru District, destroying farms and houses and causing great losses to the local residents.
The storms seem to be a curtain raiser to the heavy long rains that have started to in many parts of Arusha, Manyara and Kilimanjaro Regions in the course of this week. The rains have come a bit late in the North as other parts of the country have been experiencing heavy rains for the last three weeks.
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, April 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the face of a growing threat from extreme weather, Tanzania's parliament has adopted a law to help authorities cope with emergencies and shield vulnerable communities from disaster risks.
The new legislation, which tries to bridge gaps in the country's ability to deal with both natural and human-made disasters, creates a new agency to manage disasters.
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On 1st April 2015 HelpAge International will launch a two years project with funding from the European Union (EU) that aims at Promoting and Protecting Older women's Rights in Tanzania. This project is going to be implemented in Magu district, Mwanza Region by HelpAge International in partnership with Magu Poverty Eradication Rehabilitation Center (MAPERECE).
Last week the Start Fund disbursed £100,000 for response to the recent flooding in Tanzania. A local project selection committee composed of Start Network member agency staff met in Dar es Salaam on Saturday 21 March and agreed to award the funds to Oxfam and World Vision, who will work together to help 3,573 crisis affected people.
Consistent access to water can make all the difference in the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. Investments to improve water access technologies and infrastructure in Tanzania have opened the door to year-round crop production, resulting in a big payoff for smallholder farmers.
Dry spell prolonged in central and northeastern areas
In the central unimodal regions, an extended dry spell from mid-February to late March, caused moisture stress of crops in some areas. However, with average rains in the final two weeks of March, more of the crop is likely to reach the grain-filling stage.
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.
Heavy rain and flooding on 3 March has affected up to 5,000 people in three villages in Kahama district, in Shinyanga region in Northwest Tanzania. This includes 3,500 displaced. At least 47 people have been killed and 112 injured, most of them children. 634 houses have been partially or entirely damaged, leaving hundreds of people homeless. The storm caused damage to, and loss of, personal belongings and crops, in a region where more than 80% of the population lives in rural areas and on agricultural revenues.
Drip irrigation systems, introduced to help with worsening drought, are restoring harvests, building resilience to erratic weather, and saving time.
HAI, TANZANIA — Peter Chuwa has long flooded his paddy field using a canal that draws water from the river. These days, however, water is scarcer and growing rice this way is proving hard to sustain.
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Korea Environmental Industry Association (KEIA) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the project to construct water supply in Tanzania on March 13 in Kisarawe District, Coast Province near Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with an aim to provide clean and safe drinking water to local residents.
The ceremony was joined by Mr. Ahn Sechang, environment attaché in Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Kenya, Mr. Yoon Woong-ro, vice-chairman of KEIA, governor of Kisarawe District, Director General of Water and Irrigation of Tanzania, local congressmen and 150 residents.
Tanzania - Severe Weather (WMO, NOAA, Local Media)
- Heavy rainfall has been affecting eastern Tanzania over the last five days, with 54mm recorded in the city of Zanzibar in 24h over 22-23 March.
- As of 23 March, five people have died in the region of the capital Dar Es Salaam, while hundreds have been reportedly left homeless due to floods, according to local authorities quoted in media.
- Over the next 24h, heavy rainfall is forecast to continue over eastern Tanzania.
By Hazla Quire
As the National Water Week kicks off, it is a fact that practically all taps in many parts of Arusha City have run dry some for the last four months leaving thousands of residents in desperation.
Already people have been demonstrating in Arusha City streets against the lack of water as well as the fact that, despite the taps being dry, water authorities continue to bill them with invoices of staggering monthly charges.
19 March 2015, Dar-es-Salaam – To bring urgently needed assistance to the victims of the hail storms that hit Shinyanga region earlier this month, the European Commission is providing humanitarian funding through Tanzania Red Cross Society.
Up to 5,000 people were affected by the storms, 3,500 of whom have been uprooted from their damaged or destroyed houses. Strong winds ripped off roofs, killing 47 people and injuring 112, the majority of whom were children.
Political and economic relations and Irish Aid projects focus of visit
The Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North-South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, will visit Tanzania from March 17th to 20th to deepen Ireland’s relations with Tanzania as well as viewing a number of Irish Aid supported projects.
Minister Sherlock will meet key government Ministers to discuss Irish-Tanzanian relations and will have a chance to meet with the small but vibrant Irish community in Dar es Salaam and Arusha during St Patrick’s Day celebrations.