United States and Government of Tanzania Launch the National Advancing Youth Advisory Council

Iringa, Tanzania – U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Dr. Inmi Patterson, and the Honorable Anthony Mavunde, Deputy Minister for Labor, Youth, Employment and the Disabled, today launched the national Advancing Youth Advisory Council, a youth-led advisory body established by Feed the Future Tanzania Advancing Youth, an activity funded by the United States through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Implemented in the Iringa, Mbeya and Zanzibar regions, the activity is designed to encourage rural youth to engage in Tanzania’s agriculture sector and increase economic opportunities for young people aged 15-35 while promoting healthy lifestyles.

In her address, Chargé d’Affaires Patterson noted that the youth participating in the activity “have already discovered how profitable and rewarding it can be to start their own agribusiness, create a new and innovative product, or tackle challenges facing their communities.”

The national council will serve as the Feed the Future Tanzania Advancing Youth primary advisors – informing and advising the project to ensure its activities are youth-centered and tackle the real-world challenges facing rural youth in Tanzania.