Four-year-old Rodrick and his family in Tanzania. Action Against Hunger helped Rodrick recover from malnutrition.


In recent decades peace and stability has enabled economic growth, but despite progress malnutrition is still common.

Malnutrition remains a major public health issue in Tanzania. The country has one of the highest rates of malnutrition compared to the rest of Africa, with 440,000 children fighting life-threatening hunger.

Although the country has good access to food, it’s estimated that up to 2.1 million people will need food assistance because of the socioeconomic impacts of Covid-19.

The main drivers of malnutrition include poor care and feeding practices, as well as a lack of access to safe water and sanitation. There’s also a shortage of healthcare workers skilled in nutrition. Medicines used to treat malnutrition run out frequently and health services are often inaccessible to communities in need.

Country facts

  • 58m

    Tanzania has a population of more than 50 million people.

  • 561,592

    Our programmes in Tanzania reached over 500,000 people in 2020.

  • 31.8%

    Over 30% of Tanzanian children under five suffer from life-threatening hunger.

Miriam and her son Samson in Mpwapwa, Tanzania. They've recovered from malnutrition thanks to the support of Action Against Hunger and players of the People's Postcode Lottery.

Changing behaviours: supporting mothers in Tanzania

We’ve empowered mums in Mpwapwa, a town in the centre of the country, to give their children the strongest start to life.

Read their stories

Action Against Hunger’s work in Tanzania

Action Against Hunger has operated in Tanzania since 2015. In 2020, our programmes included:

  • screening children for malnutrition in over 100 health facilities
  • training 1,800 smallholder farmers in Mpwapwa in climate resilient agriculture
  • providing seed to households with children at risk of malnutrition
  • helping families learn how to screen their children for malnutrition
Action Against Hunger helped four-year-old Rodrick to recover from malnutrition.

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A woman and a child at an Action Against Hunger project in Democratic Republic of Congo.

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