On 5 June 2011, the United Republic of Tanzania joined the SUN Movement with a letter of commitment from HE Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, the Prime Minister. At the time, Tanzania had established the High-Level Steering Committee for Nutrition. It is convened in the Prime Minister’s Office and involves multiple ministries and stakeholders. Tanzania has also established the Parliamentarian Group on Nutrition who had an action plan for advocating for nutrition in their parliamentary activities. Tanzania had also joined the UN REACH Partnership Initiative.

Strategic Processes for Scaling Up Nutrition

In Tanzania, the High Level Steering Committee in Nutrition (HLSCN) is the multi-sectoral, multidisplinary and multi-dimensional body to ensure collective efforts are made to scale up nutrition. The HLSCN is chaired by the Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) which is testament to the country’s high level commitment. The HLSCN members include representatives from nine key ministries, development partners, non-governmental organisations, faith-based organisations, the private sector and higher learning institutions.

The same multi-stakeholder coordination structure is established at the sub-national level as the Council Steering Committee in Nutrition (CSCN) with nutrition officers appointed in each council.

The National Technical Working Group in Nutrition (NTWGN) has a multi-sectoral role and is chaired by the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC).

Networks have been established for donor, civil-society, and business engagement. The Networks have been effective in knowledge sharing and have contributed to decision-making.

Parliamentarians have released a Nutrition Manifesto for political accountability across political parties. The Manifesto will be used by all parties during the upcoming election campaign in collaboration with the civil society.

Last updated: October 2015

The NNS Implementation Plan acts as a Common Results Framework for Tanzania and helps to define the roles of each stakeholder in the country. Tanzania is also currently developing a multi-sectoral action plan for the revised TFNP and NNS.

United Nations (UN) agencies and development partners have aligned their plans and programme implementation with the NNS Implementation Plan. The Annual Joint Multi-sectoral Nutrition Review allows all stakeholders to track, review and report the implementation of nutrition interventions in the country and provides data which helps to plan for the forthcoming year.

Nutrition Scorecard tools are currently being developed by the Government to collect data and monitor accountability. Part of the monitoring and evaluation system that is currently being developed by the Government to collect data and monitor accountability.

Last updated: October 2015

Budget allocation for nutrition by the Government and other development partners has increased with contributions from the Department for International Development and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. According to the recent Nutrition Public Expenditure Review (PER) (2014), spending for nutrition has almost doubled from 18 billion TZS in 2010/11 to 33 billion TZS in 2012/13. Despite the increase in funding for nutrition, the allocation of funds still remains low with only 20% of the NNS Implementation Plan being funded.

Nutrition has been mainstreamed in the National Budget Guideline and is used by Local Government Authorities during planning sessions to prevent ambiguities in budgeting for nutrition.

Last updated: October 2015

Key Figures

Under Five Stunting 34.7%
Low Birth Weight -
0-5 Months Exclusive Breastfeeding 41.1%
Under Five Wasting 3.8%
Under Five Overweight -
Woman Anaemia 15-49 years 39.6%

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SUN Government Focal Point

  • Mr. Obey Assery-Nkya
  • Appointed Secretary of High Level Steering Committee in the Office of the Prime Minister

Donor Conveners

  • IrishAid

SUN Progress in Tanzania

Director, Department of Coordination of Government Business in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mr. Obey Assery-Nkya, discusses progress made and opportunities for the future of his country through scaling up nutrition.

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