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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.

14 Jan 2015 description

Arusha, Tanzania | AFP | Wednesday 1/14/2015 - 10:38 GMT

by Ephrem RUGIRIRIZA

Tanzania has banned witchdoctors to try and stem a surge in murders of albinos, whose body parts are sold for witchcraft, officials said Wednesday.

The ban follows the kidnapping last month of a four-year-old girl by men armed with machetes, who took her from her home in the northern Mwanza region. Police have since arrested 15 people, including the girl's father and two uncles, but she remains missing.

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.

28 Nov 2014 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Heavy rains caused flash floods in Morogoro region, located approximately 270 kilometres West of Dar es Salaam, between 22 and 23 January, 2014. The rains which fell upstream in the regions of Tanga, Dodoma and Manyara overwhelmed the river banks downstream, especially Mkundi River, resulting in disastrous flash floods in 3 districts namely Kilosa, Mvomero and Gairo in Morogoro region.

21 Nov 2014 description

Kadeghe Fue is a young faculty member at Tanzania’s Sokoine University of Agriculture. While he himself was a student not so long ago – earning his Master of Science degree in agricultural and biological engineering from the University of Florida – his accomplishments to date are impressive.

19 Nov 2014 description
report Guardian

UK and international donors suspend Tanzania aid after corruption claims

International donors have suspended nearly $500m (£311m) in budget support to Tanzania in response to claims that senior government officials siphoned off funds from the country’s central bank under the guise of energy contracts.

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07 Nov 2014 description

Tanzania - IOM Tanzania this week convened a three-day “Migration Dialogue” conference to respond to the ever-evolving and complex dynamics of migration flows from the Horn of Africa, through Kenya and Tanzania to South Africa.

Twenty-four senior representatives from the governments of Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa and Ethiopia, and from IOM and UNCHR, met in Zanzibar to discuss the migration challenges facing the region and how to address them. The event was funded by the Government of Japan, as part of IOM’s ‘Voluntary Return Assistance to Migrants in Tanzania’ project.

06 Nov 2014 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

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

  • Significant reduction in maize planted area is expected in response to frequent poor weather in several previous “vuli” seasons

  • Land preparation is ongoing in uni-modal rainfall areas for the 2015 “msimu” season crops

  • Maize prices continue to decline in major markets following commercialization of recently-harvested crops

04 Nov 2014 description

Ndagoni village in Pemba Island is among 120 areas adversely affected by climate change in Zanzibar. In recent years, the village experienced increased intrusion of sea water inland thereby increasing salination in the agricultural lands, negatively affecting farming activities.