FAO project to support 11,500 poor families launched

16Apr 2016
Correspondent
The Guardian
FAO project to support 11,500 poor families launched

FOOD and Agriculture Organization (FAO) yesterday launched a $500mn (approximately Sh1.1bn) Technical Cooperation Project (TCP) to support 11,500 vulnerable smallholder households in Tanzania mainland.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishery Dr Florens Turuka

Speaking at the official launch of TCP in Dar es Salaam, FAO Country Representative Dr Patrick Otto said the donation would be distributed to vulnerable families in 6 regions.

He mentioned the regions as Dodoma, Mwanza, Mara, Morogoro, Shinyanga and Arusha.

He said according to an assessment, the affected households will be provided with crops, vegetable seeds, hand tools, food storage bags to reduce post-harvest losses, restocking of village chicken and provision of animal feed.

“It is my hope that these actions will enable the beneficiaries to rapidly resume crop and livestock production to improve the households’ access to food and improve their incomes,“ he said.

“All of which will improve overall food and nutrition security and enhance the resilience of flood-affected households,“ he added.

He said FAO was acutely aware that the donation will assist only a fraction of the population affected by the floods since the estimation show that there are up to 69,500 households if all affected regions are included that were not visited the during the assessment.

He mentioned them as Kagera, Iringa, Manyara, Lindi, Katavi and Mtwara regions, adding that all these were in need of assistance.

“We therefore hope that this limited assistance will also serve to raise awareness and sensitize the national authorities and catalyze similar response from the international organization, development partners and non government organization,“ he said.

For her part, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishery Dr Florens Turuka said that the assessment was conducted in Mwanza, Mara, Shinyanga, Dodoma and Morogoro regions.

Reading a speech on his behalf, Acting Director, Research and Development in the ministry Dr Husein Mansour said the assessment was done by two teams composed of staff from the President’s Office-Regional Administration and Local Government(PO-RALG); PMO-Disaster Management Department and FAO Country office.

Dr Mansour said the assessment came up with short, medium and long-term response measures, adding that now FAO was providing short-term support as an “emergency assistance for vulnerable smallholder households affected in the mentioned regions.”

“Our intention today is to rope in other stakeholders including NGOs, to take part in supporting the implementation of the medium and long-term projects in the context of supporting the smallholder households,” he said.