"You can't study if you're hungry...": Report of a Parliamentary delegation to Tanzania

"You can't study if you're hungry...": Report of a Parliamentary delegation to Tanzania

In November 2013 Mark Williams MP and Cathy Jamieson MP visited nutrition and education programmes in Tanzania, accompanied by staff from RESULTS UK. The aim of the delegation was to assess how Tanzania is addressing major development challenges related to early childhood development including undernutrition and its impact on children’ s ability to learn. This report provides the findings and recommendations from the delegation.

The recommendations from the report include:

  • the Government of Tanzania needs to invest more in nutrition
  • the UK Government needs to recognise the importance of investing in the treatment of SAM in non-emergency contexts, such as Tanzania
  • the Government of Tanzania should explore other foods that can be fortified, as wheat flour is not consumed by the rural poor and thus not an effective way to reach them
  • the Government of Tanzania should work to ensure that nutrition is integrated not just horizontally throughout ministries, but also vertically
  • the the Government of Tanzania should ensure that the approriate Ministries and local authorities work together, alongside CSOs, to support marginalised children to receive a basic education
  • In the current budget situation the GoT cannot do everything it would like, and so it is important to place most focus on primary schooling in the first instance.