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01 Mar 2015 description

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.

12 Feb 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Harvesting of 2014/15 “vuli” season crops is underway in bi-modal rainfall areas

  • Maize production is expected at below-average levels due to significant reduction in planted area in response to frequent poor weather in several previous “vuli” seasons

  • Favourable outlook for the 2015 “msimu” season crops in uni-modal rainfall areas

  • Still at low levels, maize prices started to increase in major markets in uni-modal rainfall areas as lean season deepens

02 Feb 2015 description

Feed the Future | Newsletter

For the first time, thousands of smallholder farmers in Tanzania are producing and selling high-quality avocados to large markets throughout Europe. This would not be possible without the help of two fast-growing local private sector companies: Africado in West Kilimanjaro and Rungwe Avocado Company in Mbeya Region. Both companies, established within the past five years, have been supported by Feed the Future through the Tanzania Agriculture Productivity Program.

02 Feb 2015 description

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.

31 Jan 2015 description

Armyworms infesting parts of Dodoma and Singida

KEY MESSAGES

 Many farmers across bimodal and unmoral areas have substituted planting sunflower and beans for maize this year. Staple food prices remain well below the five-year average, but are expected to begin increasing by April. Household food security will remain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) through March in most parts of the country.

29 Jan 2015 description

January 29, 2015
Feed the Future | Newsletter

Long-term food security requires commitment and robust cooperation between the public and private sector. In Tanzania, that cooperation is becoming more comprehensive as the government and a coalition of private rice producers learn to work together to strengthen the country’s rice industry.

16 Jan 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

TARIME, Tanzania — As efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) intensify in Tanzania, more than 800 young people in Tarime and Loliondo districts have gone through alternative rites of passage. While more than three quarters of them are girls, boys have not been excluded.

The story of 16-year-old Diana (not her real name), a girl from Sirari district who, together with her sister, graduated from a month-long alternative rites of passage camp at the UNFPA-supported Masanga Centre, is all too typical of girls her age in Tanzania:

16 Jan 2015 description
report Arusha Times

By Staff Writer

Modern day, cooperative societies are rapidly mushrooming among pastoralists’ communities where also special programs aimed at improving livestock breeds in the vicinities are being implemented.

Mr Melau Petro Melita who is the chairman of Union of Livestock Keepers in Kamwanga Ward of Longido, West Kilimanjaro said the area cooperative society comprising 62 members among them 42 women and 20 men is a prime example of how Maasai women previously termed to be voiceless are now actively taking part in family and community development issues.

06 Jan 2015 description

Unguja and Pemba islands face similar challenges of deforestation. Today, natural forests are mostly found on rocky land and areas left behind during the establishment of coconut and clove plantations. Despite their global biodiversity and climate-regulating values, these forests are rapidly disappearing due to local people’s dependence on forest products, especially wood fuel due to the absence of alternative cheaper sources of energy for cooking. Other factors are illegal logging and land clearance for agricultural activities, infrastructure development, and settlements.

05 Jan 2015 description

In the southern part of Pemba Island lies Panza Island famously known as “Kisiwa Panza”, which is a home to approximately 7000 inhabitants. The main economic activities of Kisiwa Panza residents include fishing, farming and tourism.

01 Jan 2015 description

Key Messages

  • Farmers in major producing areas have received low income from the unseasonably low maize and rice prices since September due to a 1,000,000 MT grain surplus, limiting their household access to food and nonfood needs. This may limit investment of fertilizers, improved seeds, and insecticides in Masika and Msimu seasons, but these households will likely remain at Minimal (IPC Phase 1) through March.

01 Jan 2015 description

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.

09 Dec 2014 description

Peace Corps volunteers Luke and Samantha Temple of Durango, Colorado, are generating local income and boosting nutrition rates in their Tanzanian community by teaching proper chicken care techniques to local community members. The Temples trained a group of 23 village representatives in practices that included building safe chicken shelters, making nutritious feed and preventing diseases. With help from the trained village representatives, they have educated more than 200 community members.

04 Dec 2014 description

Better growing methods and seeds raise incomes

Dec. 2014—Tanzanian smallholder rice farmers often use seeds saved from past seasons to plant their fields. Since these indigenous seeds are typically recycled several times, most have reduced viability or have developed susceptibilities to disease. The reliance of farmers on weak and damaged seed results in low yields and constrains agricultural development. Access to improved seed can help solve these problems, leading to agricultural productivity and higher profits.

04 Dec 2014 description
report AlertNet

MARUHUBI, Zanzibar (Thomson Reuters Foundation) –Zanzibar has begun relocating coastal families on the island of Pemba who are facing inundation from worsening high tides. 

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29 Nov 2014 description

Low farmgate prices resulting in low income for poor households

KEY MESSAGES

  • Staple prices are unseasonably low at this time, allowing food access to some poor households, but limiting income for producers. Despite the National Food Reserve Agency’s miaze purchases since September, farmgate prices in the Southern Highlands have not risen. Nationwide, prices are expected to remain low until March.

29 Nov 2014 description

Low farmgate prices resulting in low income for poor households

Key Messages

Staple prices are unseasonably low at this time, allowing food access to some poor households, but limiting income for producers. Despite the National Food Reserve Agency’s miaze purchases since September, farmgate prices in the Southern Highlands have not risen. Nationwide, prices are expected to remain low until March.