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Supporting Food and Nutrition Needs of Tanzania’s Refugees

Life in the Camp

WFP Tanzania assists some 70,000 refugees through fortnightly general food distributions, providing rations of Super Cereal, pulses, fortified vegetable oil and salt to ensure refugees receive their minimum dietary requirement of 2,100 kilocalories per day.

Food Distribution for Tanzania's Refugees

Distribution of rations is carried out by food committees, made up of groups of refugees. Here, members of the food committee are shown measuring out maize flour.

Weighing Rations

In 2012, WFP distributed over 18,000 metric tons of food to refugees in northwestern Tanzania.

Carrying Oil for Distribution

Vegetable oil fortified with vitamins A & D is provided to refugees to help meet their basic nutrition needs.

Supporting Refugee Women and Children

Through a programme known as supplementary feeding, WFP provides targeted nutritional support to vulnerable members of the refugee community, including women and children. In 2012, some 7,000 pregnant and nursing women and children under 5 benefitted from supplementary feeding.



Preparing to Cook

A group of refugees display their rations. Almost 70,000 refugees in Tanzania are currently living on WFP-provided humanitarian assistance as their only source of food. 

Dinner Time

A woman cooks WFP-provided maize for her family of five.

At Home

A family relaxes after their meal of maize and pulses.

Tanzania currently hosts approximately 70,000 refugees in the northwest of the country, a majority of whom are from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through its refugee operations, WFP carries out fortnightly general food distributions for all refugees, and provides specialized nutritional support through a programme known as supplementary feeding for the most vulnerable, including pregnant and nursing women, children under 5, people living with HIV/AIDS, and patients in health clinics. The refugees depend on WFP food assistance for their survival.