The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

21 August 2009

Tanzania: Famine a Serious Threat

editorial

Hunger is ravaging the countryside and there is concern that the authorities are behaving as if all is well.

News filtering in from the regions indicates that long dry spells have led to crop failures and famine is driving villagers to the edge. The Government had better take action now.

Several villages in Manyara and Shinyanga regions have reported acute famine, and this calls for urgent measures to facilitate delivery of relief food.

If we are having problems financing imports to fill the strategic food reserves, or distribute what is available to those who are starving, what else are we using our money for?

Are our priorities right? We ask these questions because the Government has the capacity to avert hunger amongst its people. Indeed, it's has given an assurance that no Tanzanian will ever die of hunger.

All the necessary plans must be put in place to ensure that, as most of the country awaits the belated long rains, there is food for all irrespective of their economic or social status.

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