While Tanzania has been spared the trouble that has wounded many African countries, stability at home has not translated into economic fortune.
This has a lot to do with geographical location - a tourism rich state burdened by the conflicts that surround it. For over half a century, Tanzania has become a safe haven for refugees from neighbouring countries. Despite extensive efforts to welcome asylum from war-torn countries, including Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), patience is wearing thin. Tanzanians have their own problems to face.
Across the country, climate change threatens peoples main source of livelihood. A strong dependence on agriculture - 76% of the population rely on subsistence farming for their daily survival - has left the Tanzanian economy highly vulnerable to weather shocks and unstable commodity prices. And this, coupled with inadequate technology, lack of education and weak infrastructure, is seeing chronic poverty and malnutrition rates soar - with female-headed households, shunned by society, disproportionately affected.