Tanzania + 2 more

WFP Tanzania Country Brief, January 2017

Situation Report
Originally published



  • WFP received generous contributions from Food for Peace of USD 17.3 million and from Italy of Euro 200,000 for food assistance to refugees in Tanzania.

  • In December 2016, WFP launched a three month Cash Based Transfer initiative funded by a CAD 500,000 contribution from Canada. The initiative reaches 10,000 individuals from 2,500 households at Nyarugusu Refugee Camp.

Operational Updates

  • Drought: Poor performance of rains during the current agricultural season has affected the livelihood of farmers and pastoralists. Parts of the country have experienced food shortages associated with a depletion of maize stocks which is the major stable for many Tanzania. Maize prices have increased across all markets with Dar es Salaam having seen an increase of over 40 percent compared to the same period last year. In January, the Government conducted an assessment on food and nutrition security in the country. The assessment recommended enhancing access to food through food subsidies, provision of early maturing varieties and sensitisation of communities to use available food sparingly.

  • Refugee Operation: In January, the number of new arrivals spiked to 18,000 compared to the monthly average of 10,000 arrivals over the last four months since September 2016. WFP has introduced a three month cash transfer pilot in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp, which targets 10,000 beneficiaries from 2,500 households.


  • Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation: WFP is part of a consortium of actors who provide support to refugees residing in refugee camps in Tanzania. WFP’s co-operating partners include: Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), World Vision Tanzania, CARITAS Kigoma, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Tanzania Water & Environment Sanitation (TWESA), Relief to Development Society (REDESO), Tanzania Red Cross Society and Danish Refugee Council.

  • Country Programme: WFP works with several line ministries and has formal partnerships with NGOs and local government authorities at the district level. Partners include: CEFA Tanzania Registered Trustees, Project Concern International (PCI), Childreach Tanzania, Building Rural Income Through Enterprises (BRITEN), Rural Urban Development Initiative (RUDI), Private Agricultural Sector Support (PASS), Good Neighbors Tanzania, Kwimba District Council, Misungwi District Council, Magu District Council, Nzega District Council, Igunga District Council, Chamwino District Council, Singida Rural District Council, Bahi District Council, Bunda District Council, Ikungi District Council, Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) and Agricultural Cooperative Development International and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA).