Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Tanzania

January 16, 2014

Food Security Situation

Map of Tanzania
CIA World Factbook
  • The Republic of Tanzania has been a refugee safe-haven for the Great lakes region since the early 1950s, often hosting one of the largest refugee populations in Africa.  Overall stability in the region has led to a recent decline in the number of refugees in the country.

  • Despite the decline in refugees, protection and assistance needs remain high for the remaining Barundi and Congolese refugees .  The majority of refugees living in Tanzania are not permitted to work nor move outside the camp, leaving them dependent on humanitarian assistance.

  • Food prices in Tanzania are starting to decline, however they remain above the five-year averages, putting a strain on food security throughout Tanzania.  The Tanzanian government continues to handle their food insecurity challenges through internal mechanisms without requesting international food aid.  

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) now targets approximately 101,280 refugees living in Tanzania, primarily from Burundi and the DRC.

  • FFP partners with the UN World Food Program (WFP) to provide essential food support for refugees in the Tanzanian camps, providing general food rations to all refugee as well as specialized activities to stabilize mortality and acute malnutrition in children under five, improve food consumption, and reduce stunting and wasting.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2014 $4.0 million 3,440 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $5.6 million 4,550 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $7.8 million 6,270 MT
Fiscal Year 2011 $7.9 million 7,040 MT
Fiscal Year 2010 $6.1 million 5,950 MT

Fiscal Year 2014 Contribution Breakdown: 

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development ---- ----
Title II Emergency $4.0 million 3,440 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) ---- ----

Note: FY: Fiscal Year; MT: Metric Ton; PSNP: Productive Safety Net Program; USD: U.S. Dollar; WFP: World Food Program
٭Food Security Situation information is provided by FEWS NET and  WFP as of August 2013

Last updated: July 03, 2014

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