Smallholder Farmers Go Commercial in Tanzania

Ambassador David Lane meets with farmers in Hoyohoyo Village, south of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, January 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: David Lane serves as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome.

With the seven journalists accompanying me on our media tour, we said goodbye to Augustino, Fortunata, and the other farmers we had met around Arusha, and flew south to the humid, coastal climate of Dar es Salaam. We were eager to hear how the projects we had seen, along with many others across the country, are adding up to something bigger.

We spent a morning visiting a cassava multiplication project that the Government of Tanzania has undertaken in collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Cassava, a starchy root similar to the sweet potato, is a staple food in many parts of Tanzania.

On the way to Hoyohoyo Village, south of Dar… more »

Reporting on the U.S. Fight Against World Hunger

Villagers in Mtanga, Malawi, where U.N.-backed development projects are helping farmers grow maize and start fish farming, April 16, 2007. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: David Lane serves as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome.

Our journey started with an early morning flight into the Tanzanian city of Arusha, where we were greeted by the impressive sight of Mount Kilimanjaro, whose snow covered peak dominates the landscape.

I was on my first media tour as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome. Accompanying me was a group of talented reporters from five African countries — Malawi, Uganda, Ghana, Niger, and Tanzania — plus two Europeans from France and Italy.

The U.S. Mission I lead — to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the International… more »

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers opening remarks at the 2012 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum to mark Global Economic Statecraft Day at the U.S. Department if State in Washington, D.C. on June 14, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers opening remarks at the 2012 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum to mark Global Economic Statecraft Day at the U.S. Department if State in Washington, D.C. on June 14, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers opening remarks at the 2012 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum to mark Global Economic Statecraft Day at the U.S. Department if State in Washington, D.C. on June 14, 2012. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/06/192327.htm.

Enhancing Africa’s Infrastructure for Trade

Busy neighborhood street in Accra, Ghana July 10, 2009 [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Paul Marin serves as the Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), where he is responsible for developing the agency’s strategies and assistance activities throughout the region.

This week, I have the honor of participating in the African Growth and Opportunity Act Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (AGOA Forum). The theme of the Forum is “Enhancing Africa’s Infrastructure for Trade,” and it’s one that we know very well at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) — it describes what we have been doing in sub-Saharan Africa for over three decades.

Specifically, USTDA helps enhance sub-Saharan Africa’s infrastructure for trade and economic growth by facilitating the participation of U.S. businesses through public-private partnerships in the planning and execution of priority development projects in host countries. Our objectives are to match U.S. technological… more »

President Obama Delivers Remarks on 13th Anniversary of the Embassy Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania

Douglas Sidialo, who lost his sight in the 1998 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Nairobi prays at the memorial remembering the victims in Nairobi, Kenya, May 2. 2011. [AP File Photo]

President Barack Obama issued a statement on the 13th Anniversary of the Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania on August 7, 2011. The President said:

"Today marks the thirteenth Anniversary of al-Qa`ida’s terrorist attacks against the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The United States joins with the people and government of Kenya, where 218 people lost their lives and over 5,000 were injured; and Tanzania, where the attack killed 11 people and wounded at least 85 others to remember and reflect on those who were injured and the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives.

"These attacks in East Africa stand as testament to al-Qa`ida’s commitment to use unspeakable violence to kill innocent men, women and children regardless of their religion, race, or nationality. The death of Harun Fazul, the architect of these terrible… more »

DipNote: The Week in Review
Secretary Clinton Meets With Patients and Health Workers, Tanzania, June 12, 2011 [State Department]

About the Author: Sarah Goldfarb serves as DipNote’s Associate Editor.

Earlier this week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton returned from her trip to Africa. In Ethiopia, Secretary Clinton became the first United States Secretary of State to address the African Union. She discussed democracy, economic growth, and peace and security. Secretary Clinton said, “All three are critical for a thriving region. All three must be the work both of individual nations and communities of nations. And all three present challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities we must address together.”

On her stops in Zambia and Tanzania, Secretary Clinton visited sites supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency… more »

Remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton with Tanzanian Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda and Irish Deputy Prime Minister Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore at the High-Level Meeting on Nutrition and the 1,000 Days Initiative.

Planting the Seeds To Feed the Future
Secretary Clinton and Tanzanian President Pinda plant plants, Mlandizi, Tanzania, June 2011. [AP]

About the Author: Cindy Huang serves as Senior Advisor to the Office of Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative.

Sunday was a big day for the Administration’s flagship global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future. Secretary Clinton was here in Tanzania and broke new ground…literally! In a visit to Mlandizi Town, Secretary Clinton and Prime Minister Pinda launched Feed the Future in Tanzania and commemorated the event by planting sweet pepper seedlings in the fields of the Upendo Women’s Group. USAID supports group members to raise incomes and improve nutrition by providing training and technologies, such as high quality seeds and simple irrigation systems, resulting in the increased sale and consumption of vegetables. Upendo’s chairwoman told me that the biggest benefit of the group’s shared greenhouse and land is that the women now exchange ideas and solve problems together that lead to… more »

DipNote: The Week in Review

Secretary Clinton meets with farmers in Mlandizi, Tanzania, June 12, 2011. [AP Photo]

About the Author: Luke Forgerson serves as DipNote’s Managing Editor.

Today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in Tanzania, the third visit of a tripthat also includes stops in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), Zambia, and Ethiopia. During her travel to the U.A.E., Secretary Clinton participated in a meeting of the Libya Contact Group, where she said:

"…Our coalition remains united and committed.… more »