78 per cent of Tanzanians affected by food shortages, study shows

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78 per cent of Tanzanians affected by food shortages, study shows
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Date: 06.03.2017
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78 per cent of Tanzanians affected by food shortages, study shows
BY BD CORRESPONDENT
IN DARES SALAAM
Releasing the report titled Hunger
Pangs: Food (in) Security in Tanzania,
Twaweza executive director Aidan
Seventy­eight per cent of people in
rural and urban areas have experi­
enced food shortages in the last five
months, according to a new report by the
advocacy organisation Twaweza.
Eighty­four per cent of rural residents
reported being affected, while the figure
for urban areas is 64 per cent.
More than two thirds of households
(69 per cent) feared running out of food,
51 per cent did not have enough food to
feed all household members, while 50 per
cent reported having at least one mem­
ber who skipped a meal because food was
not available.
Eyakuze said the study involved 1,800
respondents across mainland Tanzania
between September 14 and 26, last year,
with 1,610 others reached between Feb­
ruary 9 and 15, this year.
The findings are based on data from
Sauti za Wananchi, a nationally represent­
ative mobile phone survey. The findings
are based on data collected from mainland
Tanzania only.
to feed their householders as compared
to 43 per cent recorded in September, last
year," he said.
In February, 35 per cent of citizens
reported that a household member had
gone without eating the whole day due
to lack of food over the last three months
compared to 21 per cent before Septem­
ber 2016.
Mr Eyakuze said rising food prices
could possibly explain why most of
those polled were unable to meet their
basic food needs, citing data from the
general vulnerability and income pov­
erty. Atotal of 8 out of 10 citizens (80 per
cent) report that their households do not
receive enough income to cater for their
daily needs with figures varying slightly
among groups."
The Twaweza study corroborates
widespread concern since early this
year that the country was facing food
insufficiency due to crop failure follow­
ing a prolonged spell of drought in some
areas and extreme poverty in rural areas
where families are unable to afford food
"While the number of citizens worried
Bank of Tanzania which showed that a
whose prices have recently skyrocketed
about food shortage increased to 65 per
cent in February, this year, from 45 per
cent in September, last year, half of the
citizens said they didn't have enough food
kilogramme of maize sold at Shi,253 this
year compared to Sh432 early last year.
"The current shortages and ongoing
food insecurity underline the context of
in recent months.
Advocacy groups, politicians and the
media were censored by the government
officials after they reported food short­
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ages, hunger and livestock deaths in some
of the affected areas.
The government's official position was
that there was no hunger in the country,
with President John Magufuli publicly
accusing some media outlets and busi­
nesspeople of conspiring to raise fears
for speculative purposes.
The President warned regional leaders
against declaring hunger in their areas,
saying the government saw no justifica­
tion for doing so.
He stressed at public meetings that
the government would not distribute
famine relief despite calls for interven­
tion by a cross­section of political and
religious leaders.

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