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Our Work in Tanzania

Lutheran World Relief began its work in Tanzania in 1961 distributing food to a population suffering from a food crisis resulting from a combination of drought and floods. LWR continues to work in Tanzania with an emphasis on capacity strengthening of farmer organizations and longterm food security. LWR programs are implemented through farmer groups and faith-based organizations throughout the country, with a concentration in the Dodoma, Iringa, Kagera and Morogoro regions.

Agriculture: value chains

Smallholder farmers often play a marginal role in value chains. By investing resources in improved practices for growing, processing and storing their harvest, farmers can increase the quantity and quality of their crops. These benefits are multiplied when farmers work through farmer organizations. 

Agriculture: climate smart agriculture

In arid regions of Tanzania, small-scale farmers need skills to adapt to the changing and uncertain cycle of drought and flooding. In central Tanzania, LWR is working with several community groups to increase their knowledge, skills and institutional capacities to preserve and manage their natural resources in ways that improve their crop and livestock production. Climate smart agriculture techniques include agroforestry, environmentally friendly planting practices, soil conservation and nutrient management, sustainable water access and use, environmentally sensitive pest management, crop diversification and the promotion of drought-resistant crop varieties.

Agriculture: cooperative strenghthening

LWR works with farmer organizations to strengthen their technical and organizational capacities so that they can provide sustainable, equitable and quality services to their members. Working together with partners, LWR develops action plans adapted to the specific capacity trengthening needs of each organization. Plans are often focused on transparency and governance, policies and procedures, and the provision of services such as agricultural extension, access to credit, discounted inputs and sales to a higher value market. Such services increase farmer crop productivity and income, demonstrating the value of collective action and increasing the willingness of farmers to pay for such services. 

Emergency operations: non-food items

Since 1988, LWR partner Christian Council of Tanzania has been distributing Quilts and Personal Care Kits made and assembled by U.S. Lutherans to people living in care facilities. These homes provide critical care, often long  term, for vulnerable members of the community, such as orphans, people living with leprosy and the elderly.

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