The call was made by Michael Dunford, the WFP Tanzania Country Representative during the launch of Oysterbay Farmers Market nutrition month held yesterday in Dar es Salaam.
The OFM event focuses on two key words, local and natural in a bid to offer local food producers the possibility of showcasing top quality products, with intent of supporting their businesses.
The market is a space where a portion of the city community has an opportunity to meet local food producers to inspect and order nutritional food products.
“This in an opportunity to promote food nutrition among the community,” he said.
To address malnutrition in the country, WFP is implementing ‘Boresha Lishe,’ a project designed to improve food and nutrition security in the country while contributing to reducing malnutrition.
WFP also acknowledged the strong support from the European Union (EU) in implementing the project, with the EU contributing €9.5m in support of a €24.5m Food Security and Nutrition Project in central Tanzania regions.
These efforts are complemented by actions in other sectors intended to provide a more holistic approach to reduce stunting in the country, the representative noted.
The project is part of WFP’s work toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) two of zero hunger by 2030, working with a wide range of partners including governments, the private sector and civil society organizations.
Speaking at the event, the EU Charge d'Affaires, Charles Stuart said they support the project to provide the public with access to good nutrition.
The diplomat said the farmers market is an opportunity for small scale holders to increase their income and importantly to achieve food security.
“Through Boresha Lishe we support the link between agriculture, food security and nutrition,” Stuart explained.
Vendors from different parts of the country and beneficiaries from among the farmers, promote the consumption of nutritious local foods.
Tackling under nutrition has become a priority to the EU because adequate nutrition is tied to outcomes of development, he said.
EU data shows that in Tanzania, more than 2.7 million children under five are stunted and more than 600,000 other children under five suffer from malnutrition, he said, elaborating that the EU has ensured continuous support in tackling those challenges.
The Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC) appreciated the partnership between WFP and the EU intended to improve the health and wellbeing of needy sections of the population.
Further efforts have been witnessed in improving food security in semi-arid regions including Dodoma, Singida and Manyara in the program of school feeding and supplementation program for expectant mothers and under-five children to mitigate the impact of climate change and variability in agriculture, the agency noted.