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Researchers to meet in Dar today reviewing agricultural performance-ESRF

The statement from ESRF said the seminar themed: Long Term Structural Change in Tanzanian Agriculture - Food Crops as Cash Crops and the Policy Implications.

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Researchers to meet in Dar today reviewing agricultural performance-ESRF

The statement from ESRF said the seminar themed: Long Term Structural Change in Tanzanian Agriculture - Food Crops as Cash Crops and the Policy Implications.

22 August 2017 Tuesday 09:39
Researchers to meet in Dar today reviewing agricultural performance-ESRF

By Felix Andrew and Prosper Makene

THE Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) has organized a public seminar to be held today in Dar es Salaam  that would challenge and suggest ways of improving agriculture sector in Tanzania.

A statement issued by the Foundation said the seminar themed: Long Term Structural Change in Tanzanian Agriculture - Food Crops as Cash Crops and the Policy Implications will be delivered by renowned economist Prof Brian Van Arkadie on 22th August.

The seminar aims at challenging some of the dominant perspectives/approaches  for  agricultural  and  development  and  offer  some  alternative  suggestions  for  fostering rural economy in Tanzania.

Its objective is to review and describe the performance of agricultural sector in Tanzania since independence and the corresponding approaches for agricultural and rural development.

Conventional interpretation of agriculture sector performance in many records presents a disappointing performance picture.  Historically, the dominant view that agriculture has been quite stagnant has always been spurring a search for new approaches to “transforming” agriculture.

Nevertheless, there have been profound changes and significant progress in many aspects of the rural economy, with  a  realistic  economic  response  to  evolving  market  opportunities  and  significant  progress  in  living conditions.

If this perception is correct, it is misleading to characterize the rural economy and smallholders as inherently “backward” and unresponsive to potential opportunities; nor the failure of so many agricultural interventions  be  ascribed  to  an  inherent  resistance  of  small  farmers  to  change.  For  it  is  not  small  farmers  who  have  failed  to  identify  and  exploit  potential  development  opportunities,  but  rather  the  “experts”  who  have  designed  and  implemented  flawed  rural  programs.

From 1989 to 2015   Prof Van Arkadie has been involved in many missions advising the governments such as the reform process in Viet Nam, the economies of the Baltic States and economic policy in Tanzania. In 1991- 92 he facilitated funding for the establishment of the ESRF.

Azania Post

Updated: 22.08.2017 09:52
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