Tanzania

Country Profile
Tanzania
Population
42
Million
Poverty
68
Percent
68% of Tanzanians live on less than $1.25 a day
GDP
25
Percent
Agriculture accounts for more than 25% of GDP
Labor
75
Percent
Agriculture employs 75% of the labor force
Nutrition
42
Percent
42% of children under 5 suffer from stunting; 16% are underweight
Poverty and food insecurity are the main drivers of chronic undernutrition in Tanzania

Tanzania’s political stability, sound macroeconomic management, and considerable resources all contribute to its potential for sustained growth. Growth in tourism, mining, trade and communications have contributed to overall economic growth, which has averaged 7 percent per year over the last decade.

Despite these gains, the poverty rate has decreased only marginally, while the number of Tanzanians living below the poverty line has increased due to rapid population growth. In some regions, up to half of the population is unable to meet basic needs. As a result, it is unlikely that Tanzania will achieve the Millennium Development Goals without significant interventions.

Over the next five years in Tanzania, Feed the Future aims to help an estimated 834,000 vulnerable Tanzanian women, children and family members—mostly smallholder farmers—escape hunger and poverty. More than 430,000 children will be reached with services to improve their nutrition and prevent stunting and child mortality. Significant numbers of additional rural populations will achieve improved income and nutritional status from strategic policy engagement and institutional investments.

Feed the Future Tanzania also aims to:

  • Increase yields of target crops by at least 50 percent
  • Increase area under irrigation in Tanzania by 15.5 percent through

For more resources on Feed the Future strategy and implementation in Tanzania, visit the Strategy tab.