News release

16 April 2015

DAR ES SALAAM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of dates valued at US$126,000 from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to support refugees living in north-west Tanzania.

17 October 2014

DAR ES SALAAM - Amid several hunger emergencies – both natural and man-made – the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is marking World Food Day, 16 October, by highlighting both the challenges around the world and the real progress being made toward “zero hunger.”

10 July 2014

DAR ES SALAAM – The Japanese government has contributed US$1.4 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide food assistance to some 70,000 refugees in north-western Tanzania.

Focus on Women
12 March 2014

ROME/DAR ES SALAAM – Every year, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provides more than eleven million schoolgirls with food to help keep them in education and around three million vulnerable women with special nutritional support. This year, on International Women’s Day (March 8), WFP is celebrating how empowering women can boost global efforts to end hunger.

 “Giving women the power to make choices over their lives is one of the first steps towards a world with zero hunger,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. “In every country where WFP works, women are front and centre in programmes to tackle the problems of food insecurity and undernutrition. We work with women farmers, traders, nutrition workers, school cooks and we serve millions of schoolgirls, pregnant women and nursing mothers.”

This year’s United Nations theme for International Women’s Day stresses that “Equality for women is progress for all.” One example of a WFP programme that focusses on women’s advancement is Purchase for Progress, or P4P, an initiative that helps smallholder farmers, particularly women, become competitive players in the marketplace by producing food for sale and use in WFP programmes.

In Tanzania, P4P works with 28 farmer organisations who reach out to some 20,000 farmers, 43 percent of whom are women. 

“Before P4P, I was living in a mud house, but now I have an improved house,” says Magreth Mgeni (46). “I’m now taking my children to school without any problem. Today my neighbours are learning from me, understanding how the market works and doing as I do.” When she joined P4P in 2009, Magreth was cultivating just two acres of land. She now cultivates nine acres and, in 2013, she sold 4,000 kg of maize through her local cooperative.

“Women play a transformative role in their families,” says WFP Country Director Richard Ragan. “Empowering women is a key element across our programmes in Tanzania. Women are trained to enhance their skills in agriculture, and in the maternal and child health programmes women are provided with supplementary food and nutrition education to help prevent future stunting. Also, WFP’s school feeding programme helps girls stay in school, building the bodies and minds of the next generation.” 

A report by WFP’s sister agency the Food and Agriculture Organization estimated that closing the gender gap in agriculture by giving women farmers more resources could bring the number of hungry people in the world down by more than an estimated 100 million people.  The State of Food and Agriculture 2010-2011 report found that women lacked access to land, credit, tools and seeds that could boost agricultural production.

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WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. On average, WFP reaches more than 90 million people with food assistance in 80 countries each year.

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Fizza Moloo, WFP/Dar es Salaam, +255.784.720.022,

Rome-based agencies (RBAs), Executive Director - Ertharin Cousin
14 December 2013

Tanzania trip ends with calls for more joint efforts on financial inclusion and food security.

Rome-based agencies (RBAs)
9 December 2013

ADDIS ABABA – Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and the three food agencies of the United Nations are teaming up to raise awareness of how access to financial services – such as bank accounts, short-term credit, small loans, savings and insurance – can help improve the lives and livelihoods of smallholder farmers and the rural poor.

17 October 2013

The UN World Food Programme is marking World Food Day on 16 October by highlighting the power of nutrition to transform individuals, societies and economies, and the need to make it central to all development efforts.

29 May 2013

DAR ES SALAAM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today received a donation of dates valued at USD $340,000 from the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to support refugee operations in the northwest of Tanzania.

Focus on Women
5 March 2013

DAR ES SALAAM – Early this morning, an all-female climbing team supported by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Tanzania reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain.

Ambassadors & Celebrities
25 February 2013

DAR ES SALAAM – They have conquered the world’s highest mountain. They have climbed the highest peaks in Europe and Australia. Now, seven Nepali women – members of the most successful all-female team ever to scale Mount Everest - will join three African women to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.