By Arusha Times Correspondent
The hunter-gatherer Hadzabe tribe living on the shores of the remote and semi-arid Lake Eyasi are facing critical food shortage once again.
Those living at Dumanga village, Eshkesh ward in Mbulu district, Manyara region are pleading for relief food from the government.
The small tribe of not more than 2,000 members has been leading stone age life and relying on wild fruits and berries, tubers and roots, honey and hunting wild animals for food.
Description of the disaster
In Tanzania, Feed the Future is working with local partners and companies to increase access to, and provide training in, orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) materials to promote consumption and availability in local communities. Rich in vitamin A, these potatoes bring nutritious benefits to smallholder diets.
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.
Consecutive below-average harvests in the northeast likely to maintain Stressed outcomes
January 28, 2016
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Just over 100 miles from Mount Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania, in the villages of Ndungu and Kihurio, researchers from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Assets and Market Access, led by the University of California, Davis, are implementing groundbreaking technologies to bring improved financial stability to local farmers.
Total affected population: 280,000
Total affected children (under 18): 151,200
Total people to be reached in 2016: 165,120
Total children to be reached in 2016: 104,500
2016 programme targets
• 2,860 children under 5 years suffering from SAM admitted to therapeutic feeding programmes (as per Sphere Standards for programme coverage and programme performance)
• 55,000 children under 5 years provided with vitamin A supplementation
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Happiness, from the Mara Region of Tanzania, was 12 when her parents decided she was old enough to marry. They pulled her out of school, planning to have her undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) and then marry her off to a man of their choosing. But Happiness took a stand.
She eats it every day and is weary from its taste, although it is unlikely that 22 year old Scolastica Sinzumosi will be dinning on anything else, except stiff porridge and beans as long as she is a refugee. A meal a day means a great deal to her. It does not matter what is on the menu, she is grateful for the nourishment that is enabling her to survive and remain in good health.
“Since I left Burundi, I have not eaten meat. I eat stiff porridge and beans 24 hours 7 days,’’ she declares with distaste. “All the same, we are enjoying our stay here in Tanzania”.
Nairobi/Geneva 21 January 2016 – With hundreds of Burundian refugees continuing to cross into Tanzania daily, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is doubling its efforts to ensure they receive vital life-saving assistance.
Summary of WFP assistance:
This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of CHF 5,245,197 (increased from CHF 2,057,435) to enable the IFRC to support the Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) to deliver assistance and support to a total of 250,000 refugees (increased from 90,000 refugees) in the Mtendeli and Nyarugusu camps. It also extends the implementation timeframe for six months to 31 July 2016. This revision is based on the assessments carried out by TRCS, supported by the IFRC, and reflects the evolving nature of the situation and the response of other actors in country.