On 21 August, the Monitoring African Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) initiative launched its "Review of Food and Agricultural Policies in the United Republic of Tanzania, 2005-2011" during an official ceremony in Dar es Salaam.
The event was jointly organized by:
- the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives (MAFC);
- the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF); and
- the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Opening remarks were made by Dr. H. Bohela Lunogelo, Executive Director of ESRF, Ms. Diana Tempelman, FAO Representative to Tanzania, and Ms. Hawa Ghasia, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government).
Group picture after the public launch at the Serena Hotel in Dar es Salaam. Guests of honour from left to right include Ms. Simkwanga (Director of Policy and Planning at MAFC), Dr. Lungelo (Executive Director of ESRF), Ms. Ghasia (Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office), Ms. Tempelman (FAO Representative to Tanzania) and Jesus Barreiro-Hurle (MAFAP Coordinator for Tanzania).
While delivering a speech on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Christopher Chiza, Ms. Ghasia stressed the importance of initiatives such as MAFAP in developing evidence-based policies and pledged the government’s continued support to MAFAP “through training and releasing its staff to participate in this crucial research.”
“The government will use the findings from the MAFAP project to formulate policies aimed at increasing farm incomes by improving farm gate prices.”
- Ms. Hawa Ghasia, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office
MAFAP team members presented the project’s findings and key messages. Lutengano Mwinuka of ESRF summarized the results of MAFAP’s price analysis, while Happy Pascal of MAFC followed with a presentation on public expenditure. The presentations led to discussions focusing on hot issues such as:
- the impact of export taxes on coffee producers; and
- the need to develop a standard definition for agriculture expenditure to ensure consistency across countries when monitoring progress towards the Maputo target.
The MAFAP team will produce a follow-up report summarizing all comments from stakeholders and responses to the questions posed. The report will be made available on MAFAP’s website.
The high profile event was attended by more than eighty representatives from a variety of public and private organizations, including:
- the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA);
- the World Food Programme (WFP);
- the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO);
- the Small Industries Development Organization (SIDO);
- Irish Aid;
- the Bank of Tanzania (BOT);
- the Tanzania Exporters Association (TANEXA);
- the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS);
- the United States Agency for International Development (USAID);
- the Tanzania Coffee Board, Cashewnut Board of Tanzania (CBT);
- the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH);
- the Rural-Urban Development Initiatives (RUDI); and
- the Policy Research for Development (REPOA).
The presentations made during the event can be accessed here:
The different products generated under the MAFAP project for Tanzania can be accessed here.