Oxfam in Tanzania

Although Tanzania has enjoyed political stability and peace since its independence and is a country rich in natural resources, these advantages have not translated into a higher standard of living for the majority of the population.


Oxfam has been working with local partners in Tanzania since the 1960s, helping farmers to get fair prices for their produce, improving access to and quality of education and promoting awareness and provision of care to people living with HIV and AIDS.


Livelihoods programme


In Tanzania, we work to strengthen the opportunities for poor farmers and help ensure they get better prices for the maize, vegetables and other crops they produce. Our other livelihoods works includes helping groups such as Maasai pastoralists to secure their land rights.


HIV and AIDS programme


Oxfam works with seven partner organisations in Tanzania to promote awareness about HIV and AIDS and to provide care and support to people living with the disease. In addition, we are supporting other non-HIV specialist organisations to include HIV and AIDS awareness in their own workplace and communities.




In 2002 the Tanzanian Government scrapped all education fees, a move influenced by the pioneering research and advocacy of our partner, Maarifa ni Ufunguo. Huge challenges remain both in terms of the quantity of education – classroom sizes in some of the areas are in the region of 100 students – as well as the quality of education.


Female Food Heroes


Together with our partners, Oxfam elevates voice of women farmers in collaboration with a local TV production company that produces a reality television show to recognise and reward the country’s Female Food Heroes – known locally as Shujaa Wa Chakula. First launched in 2011, it has become an annual nationwide competition that honours the outstanding contribution of women producers to society.


Providing refuge for Burundi people in Tanzania


Nyarugusu and Ndutu refugee camps in Tanzania have been inundated with new arrivals in recent years, due to ongoing conflict and unrest in neighbouring Burundi. Oxfam has provided water and sanitation facilities for this growing refugee population, to ensure access to safe drinking water and prevent the spread of infectious disease.


Oxfam is also implementing practical, long-term solutions to tackle poverty and build a sustainable economy within the camps.


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Refugees collect Oxfam water and sanitation equipment in Nyarugusu camp. Photo: Bill Marwa