Nearly 70% of Tanzania’s population lives below the poverty line. Improving agriculture, which employs about 80% of the nation’s workforce, is a crucial step towards bettering lives.


Although Tanzania enjoys a large degree of political and social stability, the country’s economic advancement is hindered by lack of infrastructure, and food supply is threatened by environmental degradation due to drought and farming practices that weaken the soil.

In order to build disaster-resilient communities, Episcopal Relief & Development partners with the Anglican Diocese of Central Tanganyika (ACT) and its Development Services Company (DCT-DSC) to train local farmers, both men and women, in environmentally sustainable agricultural and livestock management techniques. The program distributes seeds for quick-growing, water-saving plants that provide shade, improve the quality of the soil and make it possible for other crops to be replanted after natural disasters such as drought. In addition, participants can learn about grain storage and food processing to help grow their operations and increase their income. The agricultural learning partnership established with Cornell University in Burundi now operates in Tanzania. In 2017, the program included five zonal workshops on asset-based community development (ABCD) and strategic planning with five Anglican Diocesan Zones. These trainings provided community members an opportunity to learn how to best utilize their funds and assets to improve their livelihoods. In 2018, ACT is moving forward efforts for shared learning among dioceses.

Village Savings & Loan Associations (VSLAs) support economic empowerment in rural communities by providing an opportunity for individuals to build up personal savings and develop small businesses through access to funds and skills training. VSLA members are primarily women, who are able to use their savings and earned income to feed their families and invest in their children’s education.



Our work with Women focuses on helping communities promote the rights of women and children and move toward the vision that everyone deserves a life free from violence in a society where they are treated with dignity and respect. Only then can communities truly heal and thrive.


Our Climate-related work focuses on how families and communities can work together to adapt to the effects of rapidly changing weather patterns. This work includes preparing for and recovering from climate-influenced events such as floods, hurricanes and other disasters.

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Fast Facts

The Tanzanian economy depends on agriculture, which accounts for more than 25% of GDP and employs about 80% of the workforce.
Nearly 70% of Tanzanians live below the poverty line.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Goal 1: No Poverty

Goal 1: No Poverty End poverty in all its forms everywhere  Learn more»

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

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Goal 5: Gender Equality

Goal 5: Gender EqualityAchieve gender equality and empower all women and girls  Learn more »

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthPromote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all  Learn more »

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

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Goal 15: Life on Land

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Goal 16: Peace and Justice

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