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July 28, 2022

The United States government celebrates five years of partnership with Tanzania in youth empowerment

July 28, 2022 – Today, in Dodoma, Honorable Joyce Ndalichako, Tanzania’s Minister of State, Office of the Prime Minister of Tanzania, and USAID Mission Director V Kate Somvongsiri, celebrated the achievements of the of Feed the Future Tanzania Advancing Youth program. Implemented in the Iringa, Mbeya, and Zanzibar regions, the five-year, $20 million program has supported rural youth, aged 15-35, to engage in agribusiness and other rural value chains and increase their economic opportunities while promoting leadership and healthy lifestyles.

Tanzanian youth have the potential to play a key role in the economic development of their country, but for the 800,000 young people who enter the Tanzanian workforce each year, employment remains a challenge. The Feed the Future Advancing Youth activity addresses these obstacles by increasing income opportunities for young people through rigorous, professional training and matching youth to formal and informal jobs.

USAID Mission Director V. Kate Somvongsiri, noted that, “We are proud that the Advancing Youth activity has reached more than 43,000 young people and provided over 5.3 billion Tanzanian shillings ($2.3 million) in grants to youth-led agribusinesses.” The Mission Director continued, “Advancing Youth has also helped youth gain life skills, and lead community development efforts… This work has shaped communities’ perspectives of young people as change agents, capable of transforming the communities in which they live.”

Minister Joyce Ndalichako interacted with the youth from the AY program who provided their testimonials of success with the program.