Heifer Tanzania

Below the poverty line

Children under 5 are malnourished

Rely on agriculture for livelihood


Poverty reduction in Tanzania remains a challenge. Approximately 68 percent of its 44.9 million citizens live below the poverty line of $1.25 a day and 16 percent of its children under 5 are malnourished. The most prominent challenges Tanzania faces in poverty reduction are unsustainable harvesting of its natural resources, unchecked cultivation, climate change and water- source encroachment, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

There are very few resources for Tanzanians in terms of credit services, infrastructure or availability to improved agricultural technologies, which further exacerbates hunger and poverty in the country according to the UNDP. Seventy-six percent of Tanzanians rely on agriculture for their livelihoods, yet only 46 percent of its landmass is currently used for agriculture. Tanzania ranks 159 out of 187 countries in poverty according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014).

17286 Families
Were Assisted in FY2014

Livestock Placed In FY2014

Our Work In Tanzania

In Tanzania, we assist resource-poor farming families; orphans and vulnerable children; women; the elderly; HIV/AIDS affected households; and youth engaged in agriculture. Our projects include integrated crop management and natural resource management. Gender equity issues and HIV/AIDS mitigation are addressed using best practices that emphasize women’s empowerment. Community-based animal healthcare, agribusiness development, community- based planning and monitoring and evaluation comprise the remainder of the package of inputs and approaches to achieve program goals.

George Paulo Nganda
George Paulo Nganda (56) with the family's latest calf.
  • Women’s Empowerment

    Leadership training, Full participation Animal management training

  • Increased Income

    High-quality livestock, Crop diversification, Livestock breeding training

  • Social Capital

    HIV/AIDS trainings, Passing on the Gift®, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, Community organizing, Microfinance

  • Nutrition

    Vegetable gardening, Dairy

  • Environment

    Natural resource management, Agroecology

Programs and Projects

  • Northern Tanzania:

    The Northern Tanzania Integrated Sustainable Livelihood Project
  • Adopt:

    The Adaptation and Dissemination of Push- Pull Technology Project
  • EADD II:

    East Africa Dairy Development
  • Bukombe:

    Sustainable Livelihoods for Vulnerable Children in Bukombe
  • Kilosa Bagamoyo:

    Kilosa Bagamoyo Livelihood Improvement Project, Phase II
  • MilkIT:

    More MilkIT Project

Project Partners


  • Island Trust Fund of New York
  • Government of Tanzania
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • European Union (EU)
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • American Red Cross
  • Winrock International
  • Irish Aid

Local implementing partners

  • Ministries of the Tanzania Government
  • International Research on Livestock Institute (IRLI)
  • Tanzania Dairy Board (TDB)
  • Faida Mali
  • Sokoine University of Agriculture
  • Sanitation and Water Action (SAWA)
  • Integrated Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania
  • Tanzania Muslim Professionals
  • Caritas
  • Anglican Church of Tanzania
  • The National Muslim Council of Tanzania
  • Baptist Church Mbeya
  • Winrock International


Heifer International Tanzania

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