The World Food Programme (WFP) supports smallholder farmers transition from subsistence farming to farming as a business.

Elizabeth Yohana Lenjima removing weeds and other unwanted plants from her sorghum farm. Photo Credit: WFP/Meshack Panga

Elizabeth Yohana Lenjima is a 49-year-old woman from Ibwaga village in Dodoma, Tanzania where she lives with her husband, four sons, and two daughters. She is also a farmer and chairperson of the WIKAZE (don’t lose hope) Farmers Group consisting of 50 members (23 males, 27 females).

Along with her husband, Elizabeth farms sorghum on a two-acre plot of land. Before joining the Irish Aid-funded Climate Smart Agriculture Project (CSAP) in 2018, the couple were only using traditional farming practices to grow sorghum. Their yields were often low, averaging a harvest of three bags (300kg) of sorghum per acre.


For some people food is just a meal, but for others, it is the only thing keeping them alive

Thirty-two-year-old Manirambona Deniza (right) sits with her 12-year-old daughter Niyobuntu Shanseline outside their house in Mtendeli Refugee Camp. Photo: WFP/Japhet Moses

Thirty-two-year-old Manirambona Deiza, a refugee from Burundi sits with her daughter, Niyobuntu Shanseline, in a dimly lit outdoor kitchen next to their house in Mtendeli Refugee Camp. The kitchen makes her reminisce about the food she ate back home. Her mouth salivates as she describes the cassava, red beans, potatoes and variety of vegetables she grew on her farm.

After her husband died in 2016, Manirambona and her two daughters, now aged 12 and 10, fled political and civil unrest in Burundi. …

A clinic in Tanzania ushers a mother and her children towards a healthier diet — and income

A medical check-up for Happy’s 14-month old Yalumbwe. Photo: WFP/Alice Maro

In early 2018, Happy Kennethy Mbalay and her husband were expecting their third child.

He was looking for work and eventually found it — 1,000 kilometres away. So he had to move. This left pregnant Happy facing the pressure of raising their two children, aged seven and four, on her own, with all the physical and emotional challenges of a pregnancy.

The couple lived in a small two-bedroom home nestled in the hills of Buigiri in the Dodoma region of Tanzania. Happy was unable to survive with the money her husband sent back. …

How early nutrition can make the difference in a child’s life

The nutrition support Joyce Mihinzo received was crucial for her baby Tamari’s healthy growth. Photo: WFP/Alice Maro

Staring into her big brown eyes and admiring her healthy-looking skin, one cannot tell that Tamari Jummanne Medaa, now aged 2, was born premature.

In the early stages of her third pregnancy, Tamari’s mother, Joyce Mihinzo was enrolled in the Boresha Lishe nutrition project at Chamwino Health Centre in Maduma village in Central Tanzania. Funded by the European Union (EU), Boresha Lishe — meaning ‘better nutrition’ in Swahili — is implemented by he World Food Programme (WFP) and Save the Children.

Already the mother of two young boys, aged 5 and 10, Joyce received micronutrient supplements (iron and folic acid)…

Alice Maro

Journalist, travel writer and communications officer at WFP Tanzania

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