Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC) is a Parastatal Organization under the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. It was established by an Act of parliament No. 24 of 1973 as amended by Act No 3 of 1995. The Centre became operational in 1973.
The Institution is charged with the responsibility to oversee nutrition and food and nutrition related activities in the country.
During 1950’s activities were initiated by the Ministry of Health in response to reports by Government Personnel alarming increases in mortality rates, of outbreak of diseases or occurrence of famine or any Other development which was attributed fully or partially to malnutrition. Consequently, a considerable amount of information was collected and more attention was drawn to nutrition. Furthermore, an attempt at multi-sectoral approach to nutrition problems had been made.
These and other developments in 1950s, led to the formation of the multi-sectoral Central Advisory Committee on Nutrition to review and advice on a wide range of nutritional questions. But it was not until 1961 when independence was attained that the improvement of the nutritional status of the people was tackled as a major national issue.Strong political support to nutrition work played a vital role in the development and extension of activities then as it still does today.
In 1963, His Excellency, President Julius K. Nyerere declared the intention of Government to fight malnutrition and invited all assistance possible from both inside and outside Tanzania.
The Governing Board is Board of Directors whose Chief Executive is the Managing Director and the others are heads of five directorates namely: Finance, Personnel and Administration; Nutrition Policy Planning; Community Health and Nutrition; Nutrition Education and Training; Food Science and Nutrition. The current organization of the directorates reflects the conceptual approach in tacking the causes of malnutrition.

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