Tanzania: 6 Days Away

Sunset - Zambia
That fast! I am six days away from flying across the world again! It seems like I literally just got back from Zambia. I’ll be in Tanzania for ten days as an International Reporting Project fellow learning about and reporting on agriculture, poverty, food security, and hunger. My heavy emphasis will, of course, be on women and children. Women make up the vast majority of the agricultural sector in Tanzania and nearly fifty percent of Tanzanian children are stunted. I am particularly interested in digging into these statistics and hearing stories from the ground. I am particularly interested in learning why the stunting rate is so high in a country where seventy-five percent of the population works in agriculture.

Read my work as an International Reporting Project Zambia fellow.

I look forward to also delving into reasons why the agricultural sector needs improvements in private investments, stronger infrastructure for farmers to take their crops to market, irrigation, better seeds, and economic development and empowerment for farmers. I also look forward to reporting on how women fare as farmers. Although women do most of the farming across sub-Saharan Africa women still lack access to capital and are left out of the decision-making process.

I leave on Saturday for a long trip to Dar es Salaam. For those who know me best, you know I relish a long flight. It gives me a chance to get away from the dinging of my devices for a while. As someone who lives on the Net and on all of my mobile devices, it’s hard for me to set them down and close the laptop. I must always be on, but when I’m 30,000 feet in the air it’s nice to just let them rest.

Of course, while I am in Tanzania I will be sharing a ton of photos. So many people have preconceived ideas about Africa that always tend to be negative – that it’s dusty, full of child soldiers, bloody gold and coltan mine battles, corrupt governments, and children with flies in their eyes. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Africa is an amazing continent with a wide expanse of good and bad, just like any other continent on the globe. I always want to break stereotypes if I can. Photos go a long way in doing that.

As before when I was in Zambia, I will be using video, audio, photos, and text to share my work in Tanzania. I will also throw in a few other new media tricks I’ve been tinkering with as well. Follow me on Twitter for updates from my travels. You can find all of my work in the following places:

Impatient Optimists
Huffington Post
Social Good Moms
Twitter (@jenniferjames | @socialgoodmoms)
Pinterest Board


  1. After a short rest I decided to go back to commenting, recently feel weird not knowing what’s going on in the world of philanthropy. Write the first comment, after the long break, in your blog.
    I would like to wish you a pleasant journey. I hope that this will bring results. With great impatience I shall waiting for your articles about your work. When I first became interested in world issues and has appeared on Impatient Optimists, first problem that I found was the problem of agriculture in Africa. I’m immersed in this issue as spent impressive part of my childhood in the village and not far removed from agriculture. Perhaps this topic is still interested me.
    And I will with the big impatience wait for your photos, very much I love them. =)


    • Thank you so much, Vanya! I’m honored that you left a comment here on your first day back commenting. I will share a ton of photos throughout my time in Tanzania. I’ll be uploading them to Flickr and I’ll also post many here.


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