United States Government and the United Nations World Food Programme Partner with the Government of Tanzania to Maintain Food Assistance For Refugees in Tanzania

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These funds will ultimately help maintain critical food assistance to refugees here in Tanzania. The contribution comprises $6 million in cash for commodity procurements in the local market, and $2 million of in-kind assistance in the form of yellow split peas.
These funds will ultimately help maintain critical food assistance to refugees here in Tanzania. The contribution comprises $6 million in cash for commodity procurements in the local market, and $2 million of in-kind assistance in the form of yellow split peas.
Ove Dissingspandet / United Nations World Food Programme

For Immediate Release

Monday, March 15, 2021

Today, at the Tanzania Port Authority, the United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), contributed $8 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in order to maintain critical food assistance for refugees living in Nduta, Mtendeli and Nyarugusu camps in north-western Tanzania.

We are grateful for the United States’ generosity and continued support. This support reflects their commitment to continue assisting nearly 220,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees who solely rely on WFP’s food assistance. Part of the donation is used to procure food locally from smallholder farmers. This represents a good investment in the local economy”, said Sarah Gordon-Gibson, WFP Representative in Tanzania.

U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania Donald Wright officially handed over the contribution to Gordon-Gibson during a brief ceremony which was attended by Nsato Mssanzya, Assistant Director of Settlements and Camp Management with the Refugee Services Department, Ministry of Home Affairs. Also in attendance was Port Director Elihuruma Lema.

With funding from USAID, WFP provides emergency food assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers in the camps. This assistance includes locally and regionally sourced commodities and in-kind food rations.

The U.S. Government through USAID is the largest donor to the WFP’s support to refugees in Tanzania. Today’s $8 million contribution includes $6 million in cash for commodity procurement in the local market, and $2 million  towards yellow split peas supplies.

The WFP distributes monthly rations consisting of cereal, pulses, salt, vegetable oil and fortified maize meal, including specialised nutritious foods for vulnerable pregnant and nursing mothers and children under five. 

Also speaking at yesterday’s event, the United States Ambassador to Tanzania Dr. Donald J. Wright remarked “This contribution is made possible by the generosity of the American people, and we are very proud of the life-saving impact it will have in vulnerable communities. The U.S. government supports the protection of refugees, asylum seekers, conflict victims, stateless persons, and vulnerable migrants in Tanzania and around the world. We recognize Tanzania’s long-standing efforts as a host-country to refugees and asylum-seekers, and strongly encourage the Government of Tanzania to ensure that the humanitarian needs of all vulnerable migrants in Tanzania are met.”


To request more information, please call the U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam Press Office at Tel: +255 22 229-4000 or email: DPO@state.gov

Fizza.Moloo@WFP.org, WFP/Tanzania, Mob. +255 (0)71 930 7815 or  +255 (0)78 472 0022

 

 

 

Last updated: May 07, 2021

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