Tanzania: Nutrition Profile

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In Tanzania, Latifah Ali, 10, and Lilian, 6, hold sweet peppers given to them by their grandfather, John Mkeni, a beneficiary USAID's Tanzania Agriculture Productivity Program, part of Feed the Future.
  • Tanzania

    Flag of Tanzania

  • Population

    56.3 Million

  • Pop. Under 5

    9.3 Million

  • % Stunting

    32% Of Children Under 5

  • % Wasting

    5% Of Children Under 5

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Malnutrition in childhood and pregnancy has many adverse consequences for child survival and long-term well-being. It also has far-reaching consequences for human capital, economic productivity, and national development overall. The consequences of malnutrition should be a significant concern for policymakers in Tanzania, where 32 percent of children under five years are stunted (have low height-for-age) and 58 percent suffer from anemia, according to the Tanzania Nutrition Survey 2018 and the most recent Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) (MoHCDGEC, MoH, NBS, OCGS, and ICF 2016).

USAID Programs: Accelerating Progress in Nutrition

As of September 2020, the following USAID programs with a focus on nutrition were active in Tanzania.

  • Alliance for Inclusive and Nutritious Food Processing
  • Boresha Afya Lake/Western Zone
  • Boresha Afya Southern Zone
  • Feed the Future Tanzania Mboga na Matunda Activity
  • Feed the Future Tanzania Nafaka II Activity
  • Kizazi Kipya
  • Lishe Endelevu
  • Sera Bora
  • USAID Advancing Nutrition

For more information, read the Tanzania country profile [PDF, 208KB].

Last updated: August 20, 2021

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