Tanzania, January 2013
The U.S. Ambassador to the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome, David Lane, has completed a one-week tour of WFP, FAO, IFAD and USAID projects throughout Tanzania. The trip gave him the chance to see firsthand how the U.S. government is working with WFP, IFAD, and FAO to support Tanzanian smallholder farmers, business, and the government in improving the food security situation for the country’s most vulnerable.
Top: Ambassador Lane talks with a District Government official while watching Masaai warriors dance at Arkatan Primary School, Monduli, Arusha, where WFP is providing school lunches to around 500 students.
Bottom left – After touring the warehouse rehabilitated through the Purchase for Progress initiative, Ambassador Lane meets the local farmers. Jikuzeni Kware SACCOS has over 600 members, 285 of whom are women. Each member cultivates between 0.5-3 hectares of land, primarily sunflowers, maize and beans.
Bottom middle – Ambassador Lane helps out in the weekly food distribution in Sakila Village, where WFP is implementing a Food for Assets project. Food is distributed based on work done by community members on a contouring project, protecting some 200 hectares of land from degradation.
Bottom right – Ambassador Lane helps dish up a nutritious lunch of maize and pulses to students at Arkatan Primary School, Monduli, Arusha.
Photographs: WFP/Jen Kunz