Fast Facts: Tanzania
Written by Plant With Purpose on March 1, 2010 in General
TANZANIA FAST FACTS
Location: Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Kenya and Mozambique
Total area: 947,300 sq km (twice the size of California)
Population below poverty line: 36%
Agriculture is a keystone of Tanzanian life, supplying more than 40% of the gross domestic product and providing employment to nearly 80% of the population.
Religion: Tanzania’s population consists of roughly one-third each Muslims, Christians and followers of indigenous religious groups.
Art: Two styles of Tanzanian art are known around the world: Tingatinga & Makonde. Tingatinga are the African paintings painted with enamel paints on canvas. Makonde is a modern sculpture style.
Due to frequent drought and volatile economic conditions, farmers in Tanzania have been forced to take desperate measures in their farming methods in order to survive. Coffee production, once a key export, has been abandoned as low international market prices have driven coffee farmers out of business. As a result, farmers are becoming increasingly reliant on firewood and charcoal as income sources. In exercising the only methods they know to sustain their families, farmers are paradoxically destroying their primary source of sustenance, creating an inescapable and destructive cycle of abject poverty and environmental destruction.
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