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Residents of Kurio face challenges of lack of access to water caused by long drought spells and drought frequencies experienced over the past years largely associated with the change in climate. This plus very few employment opportunities especially in the agricultural sector and inaccessibility to basic services such as health (the nearest dispensary is located over 10km away), exacerbates the poverty challenge in the Kurio village.
In Chamwino District, as in many rural areas of Tanzania, food security and livelihood depend heavily on agriculture, which in turn requires steady availability of water. Due to climate change, rainfall patterns have changed to become more inconsistent and unpredictable, and when it comes, it is short-lived and sometimes devastating causing flooding and soil erosion.
Since 2015, UNDP has supported at least 20 NGOs and CBOs across the country to implement community-based projects under its flagship project entitled “Capacity Development in the Energy Sector and Extractive Industries (CADESE).”
“I was earning TZS 150,000 the whole year when I was employed at the tobacco farm, which was not enough for my needs. I now earn TZS 650,000 from tomatoes in just 3 months”,
Commissioned in June 2015, the bio-latrine has now been operational for a year, during this period it produces enough gas for cooking for 2 hours, and lighting for 4 hours per day. This has led to reduction of 1/3 in firewood consumption to 56,000 kg per month or 672,000 kg per year.
“I can now cook rice and Ugali in half the time it took before, which allows me more free time for other activities” says Fausta Sulembe, a resident of Gunyoda Village.
Kurio village, like a growing number of villages in rural Tanzania in recent times, is seeing changes in the demographics and livelihoods of its people. Climate change-induced water shortages is making agricultural production more and more unreliable, leading to food and livelihood insecurity. This makes the profession undesirable and, due to smaller yields, is leading to its people, particularly young men, migrating to urban centres in the hope for employment. Women, however, have more limited options, with some girls suffering from early marriages and some married women being left at home with their children after their husbands have migrated.
Dar Es Salaam – Eight staff members from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Tanzania recently participated in the 2016 GGM Kilimanjaro Challenge Expedition with the aim of raising funds and awareness to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic across the country.
Roughly 80 kilometers outside of Lindi, Tanzania lies a small village called Ngala. With a population of approximately 2,300 people, most of Ngala’s residents are farmers who grow Sesame seeds, Peas and Maize. Unreliable harvests, partly contributed by the impact of climate change, means that the majority of the village live in poverty.
Approximately an hour’s drive outside of Singida, central Tanzania, a small community of less than 5,000 people struggle to make ends meet due to unreliable and unpredictable rainfall patterns caused by climate change. The village is Ulyampiti, a largely agro-based economy with few opportunities for alternative livelihoods.
On Monday 11th July 2016, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the Government of Tanzania through the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, officially launched Tanzania’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. At the event, officiated by H.E. Prof. Sospeter Muhongo, Minister of...
With the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), a Global Compact Local Network has launched in Tanzania, reflecting increased commitment to the values and principles of corporate social responsibility by businesses and companies operating in the country. The network already has in place a...