Agriculture and Food Security
Tanzania has excellent potential for agriculture-led economic growth. Through Feed the Future, we are significantly boosting annual yields of targeted crops with improved irrigation and market access through construction of rural roads. Activities complement our efforts to improve farmer productivity, nutritional value of crops and the quality of processing, storage and marketing. In Zanzibar, we work with smallholder farmers to produce fruits and vegetables for the hospitality sector and spices for export. We also focus on vulnerable populations by training HIV-positive farmers in horticulture techniques and helping women to establish village savings and loan groups.
Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance
Although it is one of the most politically stable and peaceful countries in Africa, institutionalized democracy and good governance in Tanzania are challenged by corruption and poor service delivery. Our programs paved the way for a $698-million Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact signed in 2008, and today, we build on these achievements by engaging citizens in local budgeting, planning and public expenditure tracking and by supporting the government’s ability to become more transparent and accountable.
Economic Growth and Trade
We enhance agricultural productivity through the expansion of irrigation and market access by reducing transport costs for farm inputs and products, thereby increasing Tanzania’s competitiveness in domestic and regional markets.
Our programs improve the quality of primary education by targeting reading, math, and science in teacher training, policy, and management. We increase access to basic education and address the needs of disadvantaged children.
Environment and Global Climate Change
For more than a decade, we have partnered with Tanzanians to build livelihoods and manage natural resources by developing and implementing national environmental policies and supporting community-based conservation. Our sustainable landscape approach targets critical ecosystems to sustain wildlife habitats, reverse land degradation, restore watersheds, and improve community livelihoods through conservation enterprises.
We work with the Government to control malaria, prevent mother-to-child HIV/AIDS transmission, provide children with life-saving nutritional supplements, train health workers, improve maternal health facilities, and scale up voluntary family planning services. Between 2003 and 2012, HIV prevalence fell from 7.0 to 5.1 percent. We also work with indigenous Tanzanian organizations to address women’s and girls’ empowerment.
In critically threatened watersheds, we support the delivery of sustainable, market-driven water supply, sanitation, and hygiene services to improve health and increase economic resiliency of the poor.
Working in Crisis and Conflict
Tanzania, like other countries in the region, faces a range of hazards, including drought, floods, and seismic events. Additional factors such as climate variability, rapid population growth, slow economic development, and political instability compound risks to populations by increasing their vulnerability to disasters. We work with the government and local organization to prepare for crises and mitigate risk.
Last updated: April 12, 2016