By Murimi Gitari , May 25, 2021
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF), have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen food security for 300,000 vulnerable families.
TASAF is a Government Department responsible for safety net programmes in Tanzania.
Speaking during the signing of the memorandum, WFP Country Director and Representative in Tanzania, Sarah Gordon-Gibson said social protection programmes are critical as they provide a safety net ensuring that vulnerable communities have access to basic needs such as food and essential services.
“We need to strengthen existing Government safety-net systems to ensure adequate support reaches those who need it and no one is left behind.” She said.
Under this agreement, WFP will provide USD 725,000 to TASAF to strengthen food security related activities and encourage community participation in the design of these programmes.
Vulnerable families who are part of the social protection programme will come together to construct important community assets like schools, health centres and water sources. They will also support the design of income generating opportunities that will see them through the lean season when food stocks run low.
Part of WFP’s support includes the use of digital technology, including a mobile app that will manage beneficiary payments and enhance data collection and monitoring to further optimize TASAF’s public works activities.
TASAF Executive Director Mr. Ladislaus Mwamanga appreciated the support from WFP which he termed as timely as they expand the coverage of their public works programme.
“This indeed has come at an opportune time where community participation in project planning is enhanced. Through your support, we also look forward to rolling out the digital platform which has been efficiently developed to capture data in the payment process,” Mr Mwamanga said.
WFP’s ability to provide support to TASAF has been made possible due to generous contributions of its multilateral donors who provide funding so that WFP can allocate resources to activities with the greatest needs.