By Prosper Makene
Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Charles Tizeba will inaugurate the 4th Annual Agricultural Policy Conference (AAPC) aimed on provide an invaluable setting for governments, businesses, researchers and development partners to explore new opportunities to integrate food and nutrition security into economic transformation and industrialization agenda for the nation.
The AAPC convenes a range of critical policy decision-makers and stakeholders in Tanzania’s agricultural sector to share the latest empirical findings, assess progress in agricultural policy reforms, share successes, lessons learned, identify remaining gaps and chart out agenda for future reforms.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam, AAPC Chairperson Audax Rukonge said that the conference is usually followed by a report covering emerging issues and actionable plans that will move Tanzania’s agriculture forward.
Rukonge who is also Agricultural Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF)’s Executive Director said that the 4th Annual Agricultural Policy Conference scheduled to take place from tomorrow, 14–16 February 2018 in Dodoma, Tanzania.
He further said that the fourth edition of AAPC be “Integrating Food and Nutrition Security into Economic Transformation and Industrialization Agenda: How can agriculture be the driver rather than follower of economic transformation in Tanzania?”
The conference will look at how key reform implementers of Tanzania’s agricultural sector are delivering under six key pillars relevant to the theme of the conference. Thematic area: 1) Agricultural Sector Policy, (2) Agricultural Trade and Marketing, (3) Enabling Environment for Private Sector Investment, (4) Agricultural Land Access Dynamics & Land Tenure Policy (5) Access to Finance and Technology and (6) M&E, Women and Youth.
On his part, Prof David Bhange from Michigan State University said that the invited speakers will deliver over 20 technical presentations tailored to the conference’s theme of how agriculture could be the driver rather than follower of economic transformation in Tanzania.
These will then be followed by panel discussions where key sector influencers will share experiences and shed light to theme in the local, regional and international contexts, he said.
Special featured sessions will include the rise on medium sized farms, opportunities and challenges of the edible oil sector in Tanzania, and the role of nutrition in changing food systems.
Key highlights from the 2017 AAPC included presentation of 31 technical reports with the latest empirical findings, identification of emerging policy issues across six key pillars of agriculture, official launch of the Enabling Business of Agriculture (EBA) by the World Bank, and special featured sessions on youth driving Tanzania’s agricultural sector as well as presenting a draft agro-processing strategy for Tanzania.
AAPC is an annual flagship event organized by the Policy Analysis Group (PAG), an informal and voluntary group with members working on agricultural policy projects and initiatives, academia and local and international policy think tanks. Established in 2013, the group has 20 members and provides a platform for sharing information on policy research and activities so as to enhance coordination, collaboration and synergy. PAG also aims at ensuring consistency in policy messaging.
The 4th AAPC will be hosted by the Policy Analysis Group (PAG). Members include Africa Lead, Agricultural Markets and Development Trust (AMDT), Agricultural Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF), Agricultural Sector Policy and Institutional Reforms Strengthening (ASPIRES), Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Dalberg, Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC), Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise Program (ENGINE), Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSDT), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agriculture Policies (FAO-MAFAP), Platform for Agricultural Policy Analysis and Coordination (PAPAC), representing the Ministry of Agriculture, REPOA, Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS), Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT), Tanzania Horticulture Association (TAHA), Trademark East Africa (TMEA) and Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF).