Dar es Salaam. Tanzania has been cautioned to take necessary measure to deal with drought.
This comes at a time when Climate change is threatening lives globally with devastating impacts which include the recent taking place globally and tropical cyclone.
This was said yesterday by the Word Food Program WFP country representaive Michael Dunford who accompanied Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan who was in the country to oversee the maternal and newborn health and nutrition in Tanzania.
According to Mr Dunford the impact of climate change can clearly be seen in many parts of East Africa especially in Turkana regions and that WFP will be ready to support areas hit with drought.
“I call upon the government to invest on the community resilience and should anything happen we are ready to contribute in any way possible,” explained Dunford.
WFP Tanzania has already purchased 36,000 tonnes of Maize, sorghum and beans from National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) which is intended to be supplied to other countries that are in dire need.
“In Tanzania we are waiting to see to what extent the delayed rains will impact the food security and harvest,” he said
Currently some of the WFP team from Tanzania have been deployed in Mozambique to help save lives and provide food and basic needs to those that have been affected by cyclone Idai.
On her part Princess Sarah said she was pleased with the political commitment on building nutrition habits in the country but insisted that there is still more to be done.
“Tanzania has abundant of food but most people’s nutrition habit is poor and that is why at least 34 per cent of children suffer from malnutrition which is a major cause of stunted growth,” said Princess Sarah.
She further explained that climate change taking place cannot be avoided but there is need fortify what is available to be ready when hunger strike.