12 May 2012

Tanzania: Ndorobo Tribe Suffers Food Shortage in Simanjiro

Fruit and roots eating people, in Kiteto District of Manyara are reported to be suffering from food shortages as natural resources keep diminishing in the locality.

The Community Research and Development Services (CORDS) a non-government organization operating in the Kiteto District stated here recently that the area has a total of 3000 indigenous hunters and gatherers of the 'Wakiye' or 'Ndorobo' tribe which is being threatened with extinction.

The endangered tribe resides around the Napilikinya Hills in Kiteto District of Manyara region. Their population is drastically falling and soon this small group of people may disappear.

Ms Grace Msele who works with CORDS revealed that prolonged drought in Kiteto in addition to the invasion of human activities in formerly virgin lands have led to the disappearance of important natural growth and with it, fruits and roots that have been providing food for the Ndorobo people for centuries.

The Wakiye are also indeginous hunters who depend on small animals to survive and these species have also been disappearing with climate change, invasion of humans in reserved areas and excessive hunting by both the Ndorobo themselves and other parties.

Ms Lillian Lootoitai is among the directors of CORDS and she stated that Kiteto was among the districts heavily affected by drought leading to nearly 45 percent of people residing within the land of the Ndorobo people to vacate their homes.

The organization has donated 15 tons of relief food including grain and beans presented in 130 bags of maize and 20 bags of beans all valued at 7 million/- in the Lerug Village where 129 households benefitted.

Ms Paulina Loshiro is among the beneficiaries who explained that they occasionally had to survive on single plate of porridge throughout the day.

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