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FANRPAN Convenes a Multi-stakeholder CAADP Dialogue in Tanzania
26 July 2012


FANRPAN through its node hosting institution in Tanzania, the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), convened a Multi-stakeholder CAADP Dialogue on 26 July 2012 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. A total of 63 stakeholders from government (11), civil society (14), farmers' organisations (5), research institutions (5), the media (17) and the private sector (4) attended the dialogue.

The dialogue was officially opened by the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Eng. Mbogo Futakamba, who called for the raising of awareness on the CAADP process amongst non-state actors so that they can meaningfully engage. He highlighted how the government is using the Kilimo Kwanza ("Agriculture First") initiative to promote private sector investment in agriculture, e.g. through the Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT).

The national CAADP focal person, Mrs Margaret Ndaba from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, gave an update on the CAADP process in the country. She also talked about the 15-year Tanzania Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plan (TAFSIP) launched in 2011 that calls for focus on investment in agriculture around seven strategic areas that include irrigation, land and water development, agriculture productivity and commercialization, food and nutrition security, climate change adaptation and institutional support and reforms. She called for creation of opportunities for non-state actors to share information on agriculture development and progress on CAADP implementation.

The national coordinator of the SAGCOT in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Dr Mary Shetto, gave highlights on the initiative that is expected to, amongst other outputs, create 420,000 new jobs and lift about 2 million people out of poverty. Development partners have since committed $60 million towards SACGOT. The FANRPAN CAADP Programme Manager, Mr Ian Mashingaidze, shared FANRPAN's work on promoting NSA engagement in the CAADP process in the region.

The dialogue achieved its objectives that include raising awareness on the CAADP process amongst NSAs (half of the participants in the meeting indicated that they did not know about it), and promoting NSA engagement in the CAADP process. The event was widely covered in the local print and electronic media. The stakeholders called for, amongst other things, investment in information sharing and dissemination, capacity development for NSAs to actively engage, and to explore alternative sources of funding to complement investment by development partners.

With support from GIZ, FANRPAN is contributing to strengthening civil society engagement in policy analysis, dialogue and implementation of the CAADP process in three countries, Malawi, Swaziland and Tanzania.

FANRPAN Convenes a Multi-stakeholder CAADP Dialogue in Tanzania

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