At 947,300 square kilometers (365,754 square miles), Tanzania is the 31st largest country in the world. It is approximately the size of British Columbia, twice the size of California, with a population estimated at just over 51,000,000. Most people live in peace and enjoy an environment rich in natural resources. An increasing number of rural people are moving into towns and cities, with a corresponding rise in the number of urban poor.
With a per capita gross domestic product (GDP) of around USD 3,000 (2015 estimate) Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world. However, it has achieved high growth rates in recent years due to fiscal stimulus measures and easing of monetary policies. GDP growth in 2009-2015 was an impressive 6% - 7% a year. Tanzania has largely completed its transition to a market economy, though the government retains a presence in sectors such as telecommunications, banking, energy, and mining.
The economy depends on agriculture, which accounts for more than one quarter of GDP, provides 85% of exports and employs about 80% of the workforce. Agricultural products include coffee, sisal, tea, cotton, pyrethrum , cashew nuts, tobacco, cloves, corn, wheat, cassava (tapioca), bananas, fruits, vegetables; cattle, sheep, goats.
World Renew in Tanzania
World Renew began working in Tanzania in early 1990 through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), with programs that included health care, agriculture, and income generating activities with groups of women and young unemployed boys and girls.
After two years of working with ELCT, World Renew was formally registered in Tanzania in October 1993. That opened doors for World Renew to work with other like-minded Churches and Christian NGO’s to reach out to the most vulnerable community members in various parts of Tanzania.
Volunteering in Tanzania: Phil & Jannetta VandenBerg
World Renew Partners In Tanzania
AFRICA INLAND CHURCH OF TANZANIA
The AICT Diocese of Geita and AICT Diocese of Mara Ukerewe (AICT MUD) are implementing the 5 year Global Affairs Canada (GAC) funded project for “Promoting Sustainable Livelihood Development through Food Security and Economic Growth Initiatives.” The project runs from October 2012 to January 2018.
World Renew has been working with AICT Geita Diocese since 2007. Our programs together focus on transforming communities in Geita through training in agriculture, income generating activities, savings and credit groups, adult literacy, support for orphans, widows and people living with HIV and AIDS. AICT Geita and World Renew have also strengthened communities’ capacity to plan and implement their own development activities and have developed leadership skills in the communities and in the Diocese office.
AICT Geita is working in seven communities in the Diocese of Geita in their partnership with World Renew.
AICT Geita supports 62 community self-help groups called VICOBA (Village community banks) or SACCOS (Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies), with a total membership of 1009 people (321 men/688 females). They also have an adult literacy program with 32 graduates and four trained instructors, and have recently expanded the program into new communities and started new classes.
World Renew has been working with AICT MUD since 2009. Programs implemented with them have focused on four areas: income generation, HIV and AIDS, Community Development and Organizational Development.
AICT MUD is working in eight communities in their partnership with World Renew.
In this GAC funded program, AICT MUD is supporting 115 self-help savings and credit groups with a total membership of 2,411 (1,522 of whom are women), and have provided these groups with training in leadership, business planning, technical skills for income generating activities (IGAs), as well as various agriculture and food security practices. They have also trained 40 students in adult literacy and numeracy, with plans to expand that training to additional students and communities.
**Currently World Renew is seeking to increase funding for Conservation Agriculture with our account at the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Through AICT, 1400 farmers in the Geita Diocese and 2400 farmers in the Mara & Ukerewe Diocese will be engaged in World Renew's Conservation Agriculture Program.**