Introduction
 
Kyela is one of Mbeya Region’s seven districts. Kyela District Council was re-established in 1984 after a series of events that led to the enacting of the Local Governments Act No. 7 (District Authorities) of 1982. It is one of the 8 Councils in Mbeya Region (7 District Councils and 1 Municipal Council).
 
Location
 
 Kyela District is located in Mbeya Region’s southern end. Mbeya itself is located in southwestern Tanzania. The district lies between 35º 41º and 30º longitudes East of Greenwich meridian and 9º 25º and 9º 40º latitudes south of Equator. Kyela borders with Makete district of Mbeya and the Ludewa district of Iringa region in the east, with Ileje district in the west, and with Rungwe district in the North. On the south of the district, Kyela borders with Lake Nyasa and the republic of Malawi.  
 
Climate and Vegetation
 
Kyela lies in the flood plains of Lake Nyasa and receives heavy rains of about 2000-3000mm per annum. The main rainy season is between November and June, with the heaviest rainfalls usually occuring in April and May. 
The district has a warm and humid climate, with mean daily temperature of 23ºC. The natural vegetation is of tropical savannah forest and grass, with lagoon vegetation on swamps and the mouths where the rivers feed the lakes.
 
Demography    
 
Kyela District has a total population of 174,470: 47.7% (83,342) male and 52.3% (91,128) female.
 
Natural Resources
 
Water
 
Lake Nyasa is the largest water body in the district. It is shared by Tanzania, Malawi, and Mozambique.  The district also posseses four large rivers, namely Songwe, Mbaka, Lufilyo, and Kiwira, and many streams, namely Mkalizi, Kampala, Mgaya, Chiji, Kandete, Masukila, Njisi, and Kubanga. Kingili Crater Lake and Kilambo Hot Springs are other water sources in the district.
 
Forest 
 
Forest reserves cover 29,433 hectares in the district. The areas under government reserves include Busale, Ikomelo, Kabulo, Kasumulu, the Livingstone Mountain Ranges, Lugela, Nakaba, Kigalimu and Masukulu, Masoko. Woodland and grass land covers an area of 16,450 Ha.
 
Agriculture
 
      Kyela is famous for its quality rice. Market vendors all over the country often advertise their rice as coming from Kyela (even when it doesn’t).
      Cocoa is another one of Kyela’s main agricultural products. There is also a wide variety and abundance of fruit in the district: mangoes, oranges, bananas, pineapples, avocadoes, coconuts, and guavas. 
 
Industries
 
Although there are currently no manufacturing industries in Kyela, the district is growing rapidly, and these may soon appear. In particular, the red palm oil processing industry is in its last stages before opening. Other industries with potential for the district include cocoa processing (heat-treating, roasting, and oil extraction) and fruit processing (eg. canning, drying, wine-making, power generation etc.). 
 
Tourist Attractions
 
The presence of Lake Nyasa means the existence of many beaches, including Matema, Kafyofoyo, Kajunjumele, Ngonga, Bujonde, and Mwaya. These are reputed to be the most beautiful beaches in East Africa. 
For the artistically-minded tourist, Ikombe Village and the Lyulilo Pottery Market boast of pottery of a quality rarely seen in other areas of Tanzania or East Africa.
 
 
Traditions and culture
 
Historically, traditional beliefs in the district subjected women to do more work in a day than men. Women still contribute a large amount to the welfare of the family. It is an unfortunate fact that they are deprived of their rights and mistreated in many ways. For instance, although women contribute a lion’s share in agricultural activities, their participation in deciding on the use of family income is negligible
 
 

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