Church of Tanzania seeks support in food and seed shortages

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Tanzania may be facing a food crisis due to the timing of the rains this year. The General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Tanzania shares his concerns:

 

[Anglican Alliance] The General Secretary of Anglican Church of Tanzania shared his concern that parts of Tanzania have a food crisis looming, when he recently visited the Anglican Alliance office. He is eager that the Church should prepare for upcoming food shortages now.

The rains earlier this year came late and were not sufficient so people in central areas of Tanzania are already struggling to get enough food, three months earlier than the usual lean season. The Revd Canon Capt. Johnson Chinyong’ole is looking to get support to buy food stocks now from the highlands in the south of the country, where crops are being harvested, to store for later in the year. These stores will be used to provide targeted relief to those in direst need at the height of the looming crisis.

Canon Johnson would also like to set up seed banks, to ensure that poor smallholder farmers will have seed to plant when the rains come in December. Farmers harvested so little last year that they have no seed left to sow and no income to buy seed, let alone improved (drought resistant) seed.

  • Read the full story on the Anglican Alliance website.

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Paul Powers
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Paul Powers

"Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Anglican Diocese of Central Tanganyika and its Development Services Company to train local farmers, both men and women, in environmentally sustainable agriculture and livestock practices that will help to renew the fertility of their fields and pastures. Our program distributes seeds for quick-growing, drought-resistant plants that will provide shade, improve the quality of the soil, and make it possible for other crops to eventually be replanted. In addition, participants can learn about food processing, basic veterinary care for animals, and how to construct clean cookstoves to save fuel and reduce respiratory disease."
https://www.episcopalrelief.org/where-we-work/country/tanzania

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Cynthia Katsarelis
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Excellent work, thanks for the report, Paul. I do wish we could work on cooking alternatives in Haiti. The use of charcoal there has deforested the country, causing ecological and humanitarian disaster and limiting economic opportunity.

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Cynthia Katsarelis
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Is there a way for us to help with this effort? Is ERD on it? I bet we have drought resistant seeds here in Colorado, but I wouldn't know where to get them and how to export them... It seems a little expertise could go along way.

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