Sunday, 14 December 2008


AfricanPressAgency-Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)

Quarter a million Tanzanians are food insecure; says report

Over quarter a million people in Tanzania mainland are in a moderate food insecure group, the estimated food security conditions for the 4th quarter 2008 (October-December) by the Famine Early Warning System has revealed.

They include small scale farmers, pastoralists and fishing households from ten districts in the capital city-Dodoma, Mwanza City, Singida and Shinyanga regions.

Fishing households facing the food insecurity are those situated around the shores of Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika and the basins of Kagera, Rufiji, Ruvuma and Pangani rivers.

According to the report published ahead of the next crop harvest season scheduled in February, moderate food insecurity is due to the effects of the 2008 short rains failure, below normal performance of the long rains, increasing transport costs, and above normal increases in food prices.

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