Musoma, Tanzania, twinned with Calderdale
Musoma is situated in the Mara region, in the North West of Tanzania with national boundaries on Lake Victoria to the West and Kenya to the North. It includes part of the Serengeti National Park to the East. Its area is approximately the size of Wales, with a regional population of 3,000,000 approximately. Musoma is the local centre of administration for approximately 40,000 inhabitants.
The region is relatively poor and undeveloped by Tanzanian standards.
It is an agricultural area producing crops such as sisal, cotton, cassava, millet, potatoes, maize and coffee. Livestock farming is of cattle, goats and sheep and there is some fishing in Lake Victoria. Drought is a factor affecting every culture. Health care and education suffer from a lack of resources and it is understood that there is only one major paved road in the region.
The United Republic of Tanzania
Tanzania has some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa, including Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain on the continent. Almost one-third of the country is reserved as national parks, or reserves, with the most famous of these being the Serengeti Plain and its countless herds of wildlife. Current population is 32 million people. The capital city is Dodoma, the currency is the Tanzania Shilling and the official languages are English and Swahili.
Similar to Kenya, the climate varies with the terrain. The Indian Ocean coastline is tropical, while the central highlands are moderate and semi-dry. Tourism, coffee, tea and diamonds are significant economic factors in this generally poor country.