Act Appeal - Drought Response in Northern Tanzania – TZA111


Appeal Target: US$ 312,919 Balance Requested: US$ 312,919

Geneva, 20 December 2011

Dear Colleagues,

The northern Tanzania region is in the same ecological zone with the drought-stricken regions of the Horn of Africa. It is dependent on rain-fed agriculture, with more than 80% of its population depending on subsistence agriculture. Like most of the countries of Eastern and the Horn of Africa, the effects of the last prolonged drought are indeed, the worst drought in memory. More than 53 districts in the northern regions have been declared by the Tanzanian government as facing critical food shortages.

This hunger gap between now and the next harvest is the most critical period. The disaster management department in Tanzania has been distributing food to hunger-stricken families in these regions, but the supplies are not enough.

The ACT Tanzania forum plans to supplement the existing efforts through provision of emergency supplies of food (maize, beans and cooking oil) to protect the lives of the affected households from hunger and starvation, targeting the most vulnerable families in the drought affected Kishapu district in the Shinyanga region.

The ACT Tanzania is comprises the Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT), Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), Church World Service (CWS), Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), Tanganyika Christian Refugee Service (TCRS), Lutheran World Relief (LWR), Christian Aid (CA) and Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM).The appeal funds are requested by TCRS who will implement activities by itself in collaboration with AFTZ members in the targeted areas.