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Food Security, Agriculture, and Economic Development

Food security, agriculture, and economic development projects focus on improving household-level food security, agricultural production, and income. Researchers in Tanzania and at MSU are working together to better understand the complex and interconnected issues of hunger and poverty.

child eating.jpgSchool Feeding Programs

Children who come to school hungry have trouble learning. School feeding programs provide a nutritious daily meal to schoolchildren and give parents an incentive to send their children to school. By alleviating hunger, students are motivated to attend school and are better able to
concentrate and learn during their classes




  • During 2016, TPP supported school feeding programs in Naitolia and Milola serving 27,600 meals to approximately 2,300 children. The program was supported by parents’ contribution of corn and beans, and contributions from TPP and the 2015 MSU study abroad students.
  • Teachers and students planted a 3-acre school farm at the Naitolia school. The initial harvest yielded 20 kilograms of beans and cowpeas for the school feeding program.
  • Seeds, supplies and farming implements were provided to the Milola A, Milola B and Ngwenya school farms for the current planting season. Beans and maize were planted to make porridge and sesame was planted as a cash crop to raise funds for additional food.