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.

Almost one billion people are affected by chronic hunger and poverty worldwide.  Malnutrition or lack of access to food can jeopardize overall productivity, health and well-being. Read more about Agriculture.

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Planning ahead for disasters can go far in minimizing their potential impact – especially for people already facing poverty, who may lose their few assets or safety nets. To this end, Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal/Anglican Church to better prepare for and respond to disasters. Read more about Disaster Risk Reduction.

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Our micro-finance programs emphasize involving both women and men, which can be very effective in promoting gender awareness and empowering women. When women become breadwinners, they increase their role in household decision-making, which often enhances the whole family’s well-being. Read more about Micro-finance.

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Gender equality, women’s empowerment and gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response are cross-cutting themes that shape and inform all of Episcopal Relief & Development’s integrated programs worldwide. In order to sustainably and equitably address hunger, poverty, disease and post-disaster relief and recovery, local attitudes and customs around gender, power and gender-based violence must also be taken into account.

Read more about Gender Equality & GBV