WFP Tanzania Country Brief, September 2019
USD 31 million invested into the Tanzanian economy this year through WFP’s use of the country’s logistics services
USD 18 million six-month funding shortfall
241,000 refugees and asylum seekers in camps in Tanzania received WFP food assistance in September
Supply Chain Corridor Boosts Local Economy: Through September, WFP’s supply chain operation has invested USD 31 million into the Tanzanian economy through the utilization of the Dar es Salaam transportation corridor and related logistics services. This includes offloading three vessels at Dar es Salaam in July, August and September. The vessels contained 60,000 mt of food destined to support WFP operations in the region. In Tanzania, WFP serves as a logistics hub for surrounding countries by supporting humanitarian efforts for millions of people in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, and South Sudan and Uganda. WFP works closely with the Government to strengthen the country’s role as a maritime gateway and regional logistics hub, which in turn, supports humanitarian operations in the region, allowing WFP to quickly send more food to those in need.
Innovation: On 6 September WFP Tanzania’s Innovation Hub hosted over 70 participants in the first of a series of events designed for entrepreneurs and innovators working to achieve Zero Hunger in Tanzania. It consisted of presentation and discussion with a local entrepreneur on the emotional first year of running his own business. WFP’s local ecosystem events help to facilitate shared learning among entrepreneurs, build capacity through networking and spark inspiration for new ideas. To participate in the next event, follow the Innovation Hub on Eventbrite.
Farm from a Box: For two years, the Farm from a Box innovation pilot served over 80 farming households in Kalimungoma Village, located outside Nyarugusu refugee camp. Farm from a Box is a self-contained “smart agriculture” farming toolbox designed to improve the nutritional intake and incomes of smallholder farming communities. In September, Farm from a Box was handed over to the local Farmers Cooperative.