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MAFAP publishes new policy brief on Tanzanian rice sector

19 Aug 2013
MAFAP published a new Policy Brief that focuses on incentives and disincentives to producers of rice in Tanzania. The analysis shows that rice producers in the United Republic of Tanzania received prices that were higher than international reference prices, suggesting that Tanzanian rice farmers are protected from imports.

These findings are consistent with the government’s policy of protecting farmers from imports which has helped foster an increase in rice production. Indeed, the URT has shifted from being a net importer to a net exporter of small quantities of rice to neighboring countries. However, high prices at the farm gate resulted in higher prices for consumers which could compromise food security. The Policy Brief presents a number of recommendations to Tanzanian policy-makers on how to make the country's rice sector more competitive in the medium term.