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Overview of key events

  • November 2011: MAFAP activities launched and capacity development workshop held for country partners from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Co-operatives (MAFC) and the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF)

  • November 2012: Preliminary results presented to the Agricultural Sector Working Group

  • April 2013: Draft country report presented to the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Water

  • June 2013: Draft country report distributed and presented to management of all MAFC departments for comments and feedback

  • August 2013: Final country report launched at an official ceremony in Dar es Salaam to share results and initiate policy dialogue with key stakeholders (A report summarizing all feedback from stakeholders and responses provided by country partners is available here)

  • September 2013: The country team participated in MAFAP’s East Africa Regional Workshop in Arusha to share and discuss results with teams from other MAFAP partner countries in the region (Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia), as well as representatives from the East African Community (EAC)

  • October 2013: MAFC management agreed to formally integrate MAFAP into its institutional structures and make MAFAP products available to the general public through the MAFC’s official website: http://kilimo.go.tz/MAFAP/

  • November 2013: Results for key food security crops (maize, rice and wheat) were presented at a MAFAP side event held at the EAC’s International Symposium on Agricultural Development in Kampala

  • January 2014 and ongoing: The country team is currently working to update MAFAP indicators and technical notes to 2011/12, prepare technical notes for two new commodities (cattle and cassava) and produce additional policy briefs on key findings

Policy Analysis Partners

Policy Dialogue Partners

Commodities Analysed

  • The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives (MAFC) [website]

  • The Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) [website]
  • The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives (MAFC)

  • Agricultural Sector Consultative Group


  • Cashew Nuts
  • Coffee
  • Cotton
  • Cow Milk
  • Maize
  • Pulses
  • Rice
  • Sugar
  • Wheat

Key Findings

  • Inconsistent trade policies and a lack of infrastructure lead to lower prices for farmers and higher prices for consumers. Public expenditure should focus more on overcoming these structural barriers, which hamper agricultural growth.

  • Public expenditure on agriculture is declining overall, and its focus is shifting from rural development to agriculture-specific expenditure.

  • Between 2005 and 2010, producers received higher prices compared to international prices, though this positive gap is decreasing. Current policies and weak market performance make food more expensive for consumers, while reducing prices for producers of exported commodities.

Key Resources

  • Nine technical notes on market incentives and disincentives in Tanzania for cashew nuts, coffee, cotton, cow milk, maize, rice, sugar cane and wheat

  • Analysis of public expenditure to support agriculture and rural development in Tanzania

  • A comprehensive country report

  • A database with all indicators and supporting information

  • Information about capacity development in using MAFAP’s methodology to analyze market incentives and disincentives, as well as public expenditure


  Find out more  Read full country report

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