The World Food Program (WFP) is co-ordinating the Food for Education initiative which is helping up to 200,000 school children in six districts of Arusha and Manyara in northern Tanzania.

Pupils in the almost 400 primary schools involved in the scheme, which is backed by the Canadian and Irish governments, now receive daily midday meals. The envoys of both countries visited schools in the rural districts surrounding Arusha and have pledged to provide future funding for the programme.

Rome-based WFP stated that the programme was making major inroads towards improved academic performance and school attendance. Currently the scheme includes 243 schools in the Arusha region, with a combined 123,200 pupils, and 155 schools in the Manyara region with 72,996 children.