3rd Annual Agricultural Policy Conference 2017

The third Annual Agricultural Policy Conference (AAPC) will be held from 1st to 3rd March 2017 at Serena Hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The theme for this year’s event is: The role of agri-food systems in promoting Industrialization in Tanzania.


3rd AAPC Abstracts- 1st – 3rd March 2017 25.2.2017

EBA Presentation EMERGING ISSUES FROM THE 3RD AAPC SAGCOT- Progress in Agriculture Policy Reforms, Neema Lugangira

AAPC Summary Recaps Day 1- Prof Temu

Paper 1.1. MSU, David Tschirley

Paper 1.2, MSU Thomas Jayne

Paper 1.3 IFPRI, Todd Benson

Paper 1.4. TFNC, Joyceline Kaganda

Paper 1.5. ESRF, Patrick Kihenzile 2.PDF

Paper 2.1. AMDT, Michael Kairumba

Paper 2.2. MALF, Stephen Michael

Paper 2.3. Food Trade ESA, Francis Osiemo

Paper 2.4. EAGC, Gerald Masila

Paper 2.5. ANSAF, Joseph Nyamboha

Paper 3.1 ILRI, Amos Omore

Paper 3.2 SUA, Gabriel Mbassa – 1.

Paper 3.3 MSU, Jason Synder

Paper 3.4. ESRF, Solomon Baregu

Paper 3.5 SUA Zena Mpenda

Paper 4.1. MSU, Milu Muyanga

Paper 4.2. SUA, Ntengua Mdoe

Paper 4.3. National Land Use Planning Commission, Jason Kami

Paper 5.1. FSDT, Mwombeki Baregu

Paper 5.2. MSU, David Nyange

Paper 5.3 ANSAF Neema

Paper 5.4. ESRF, Hassan Abdallah

Paper 6.1 MAFAP Balu Bumb

Paper 6.2. AGRA, Liston Njoroge

Paper 6.3 MSU Isaac Minde

Paper 6.4. ReSAKSS, Joseph Karugia

Paper 6.5 SUA, Gabriel Mbassa 2

Day One: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Opening Session: Policy Dialogue

Overall Moderator: Andrew Temu, ENGINE
12:00 – 12:30 Registration Secretariat
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Secretariat
1400 – 1530


–          Introduction

–          Welcoming remarks and objectives of the Annual Agricultural Policy Conference

–          Progress in Agriculture Policy Reforms



–          Inviting the Guest of Honour



–          Opening speech by the Guest of Honour and Launching


–          Vote of thanks followed by media engagement


Facilitator: A. Temu, ENGINE

Audax Rukonge, Executive Secretary, ANSAF

Geofrey Kirenga, CEO/ Neema Lugangira, Head of Policy SAGCOT


Hon. Charles Tizeba, Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries


Guest of Honour


15:30 – 16:00 Tea break

Agro-processing strategy for Tanzania



Presentation of the agro-processing strategy

Agro-processing Panel Discussion



–       Hoseana Lunogelo, Agricultural Economist, Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF)

–       Joseph Rugaimukamu, GM- Corporate Affairs, Kilombero Sugar Company

–       Ringo Iringo, Chairman, Sunflower Processors Association

–       Zawadia Nanyaro, CEO and Founder, LILAC Lines

–       Hussein Suffian Ally, Bakhresa Company

Moderator: Michael Kairumba, CEO, AMDT


David Nyange, Michigan State University (MSU) Policy Advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock Fisheries | Shama Jamal, Consultant, Dalberg




17:00 – 18:00

Launch of EBA



–          Introduction

–          Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) in Tanzania: 2017 Report


–          Official Launch

Moderator: Clifford Tandari, CEO Tanzania Investment Centre

Sarah Simons, Senior Agriculture Specialist, World Bank Group

Farbod Youssefi, Programme Coordinator, World Bank

Bella Bird, Country Director, World Bank

Hon. Charles Tizeba, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries

18:00 – 20:00 Cocktail Reception  featuring Youth in Agriculture Secretariat  |  David Nyange, MSU |   Julie Howard, MSU

Day Two: Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Downstream Value Chain Activities and Policy

0830 – 1015

THEMATIC AREA 1: AGRICULTURE SECTOR POLICY – Agriculture transformation and the linkage between downstream and upstream value chain activities

Paper 1.1: Challenges for Africa in an age of global employment deindustrialization: Implications for Tanzania

Paper 1.2: Megatrends transforming Tanzania’s agri-food systems: Towards inclusive economic transformation?


Paper 1.3: Prospects for sectoral transformation of the rural economy in Tanzania: An initial review of the evidence

Paper 1.4:   Agriculture transformation and nutrition in Tanzania: Implications to food processing and fortification


Paper 1.5: Priority areas to focus towards ending hunger in Tanzania considering situation, response and gap analysis



Audax Rukonge, Executive Secretary, ANSAF

Geoffrey Kirenga, Chief Executive Officer, SAGCOT

John Ulanga, Country Director, TradeMark East Africa

Aidan Eyakuze, Chief Executive Officer, Twaweza


Moderator: Blandina Kilama, Senior Researcher, REPOA


David Tschirley, Professor, International Development, Michigan State University


Thomas S. Jayne, University Foundation Professor, Michigan State University


Todd Benson, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI


Joyceline Kaganda, Acting Managing Director, Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre


Patrick Tuni Kihenzile, Natural Resources Economist, ESRF


1015 – 1045 Tea Break
1045 – 1245


Paper 2.1: Strategic Options for edible oil industry development in Tanzania: Case of sunflower sub-sector

Paper 2.2: Tanzania livestock sector analysis



Paper 2.3: The role of policy in enhancing structured trading system: Case of GSOKO


Paper 2.4: Regional perspective on agriculture markets and trade


Paper 2.5: Strengthening agricultural systems for promoting industrialization in Tanzania



Kahwa Wilfred, Principal Trade Officer, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment

Junior S. Ndesanjo, Program Officer, Eastern Africa Grain Council

Winnie Bashagi, Executive Director, Rice Council of Tanzania

Moderator: Joseph Karugia, Coordinator: Eastern and Central Africa, ReSAKSS


Michael Kairumba, CEO, Agriculture Market Development Trust (AMDT)


Steve Michael, Coordinator- Livestock Masterplan, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries


Francis Osiemo, Trade Policy Officer, Food Trade East and Southern Africa Program

Gerald Masila, Executive Director, Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) Joseph Nyamboha, ANSAF Policy & Budget Analysis Coordinator

1245 – 1345 Lunch Break
1345 – 1600


Paper 3.1: Opportunities for livestock agri-food systems in promoting rural commercialization in Tanzania

Paper 3.2: Innovative policy and strategies transformation of leather and leather goods production in Tanzania


Paper 3.3: Employment intensity and scale of operation in agro-processing: A case of cereal millers in Tanzania


Paper 3.4: Effects of milk imports on competitiveness of domestically processed milk in Tanzania

Paper 3.5: Developing a strategic long-run outlook for grain markets in Tanzania


Neema Mwingu, Private Sector Specialist, World Bank

Gilead Teri, Director: Policy Advocacy, Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF)

Ravelian Ngaiza, Policy Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries

Samuel Nyantahe, Chairman, Confederation of Tanzania Industries

Moderator: Kelvin Remen, Policy and Advocacy Manager, TAHA


Amos Omore, Epidemiologist, ILRI


Gabriel Mbassa, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)


Jason Snyder, PhD Candidate, MSU


Solomon Baregu, Researcher, Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF)


Zena Mpenda, Lecturer, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)

1600 – 1630 Tea Break
1630 – 1700

Recap and closing of Day 2


Andrew Temu,  ENGINE



Day Three: Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Upstream Value Chain Activities and Policy

0830 – 1000


Paper 4.1: Does size matter? Revisiting the inverse farm-size productivity hypothesis in Sub Saharan Africa

Paper 4.2: Land access and rural youth migration in Tanzania


Paper 4.3: National land policy on agriculture development


Steven Nindi, Director General, National Land Use Planning Commission

Mbarwa Kivuyo – Head of Media & Communications at ANSAF

John Mduma, Senior Lecturer, University of Dar es Salaam

Moderator: Frank Place, IFPRI

Milu Muyanga, Associate Professor, MSU


Ntengua Mdoe, Professor, Sokoine University of Agriculture

Jason Kami, Director, National Land Use Planning Commission



1000 – 1030 Tea Break
1030 – 1230



Paper 5.1: Access to financial services in Tanzania: The case of agribusiness

Paper 5.2: Local Government Fiscal Reforms in Tanzania:

Piloting of an e-payment platform



Paper 5.3: Access to quality extension services



Alexandra Mandelbaum, Country Director- Tanzania, Technoserve

John Kyaruzi, Executive Secretary, SAGCOT Catalytic Trust Fund

Francis Assenga, Ag. Managing Director, Tanzania Agriculture Development Bank (TADB)

Anderson Mlabwa, Director of Credit, CRDB Bank


Moderator: Alex Mkindi, Chairman of Board of Directors of Rural and Urban Development Initiative


Mwombeki Baregu, Head of Agriculture and Rural Finance, FSDT


David Nyange, MSU Policy Advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock Fisheries


Neema Rwebangira, ANSAF Communication and Advocacy Officer

1230 – 1330 Lunch Break


1330 – 1550



Paper 6.1:  Improving efficiency of the fertilizer supply Chain: A comparative analysis

Paper 6.2: Seed policy reforms in Tanzania

Paper 6.3: Fertilizer subsidies and how targeting conditions crowding in/out: An assessment of smallholder fertilizer demand in Tanzania

Paper 6.4: Impact of farm mechanization and production at the farm level: Case of interventions implemented under ASDP1

Paper 6.5: Impact of dip construction and rehabilitation and acaricide subsidy on tick borne diseases in Tanzania



Fulgence Mshili, Applied Economist, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)

Ahadi Katera, CEO and Co-founder, GUAVAY

Joshua Ariga, Economist, International Fertilizer Development Center

Hussein Nassoro, Lecturer, Institute of Finance Management (IFM)

Zena Mpenda, Lecturer, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)

Moderator: Gungu Mibavu, Assistant Director for Policy, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries


Balu Bumb, Program Officer, FAO MAFAP


Liston Njoroge, Program Officer, AGRA



Isaac Minde, Deputy Director, iAGRI



Joseph Karugia, Coordinator: Eastern and Central Africa, ReSAKSS


Gabriel Mbassa, Professor, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)




1550 – 16150 Tea Break
1615 – 1700

Emerging Issues from the 3rd AAPC


Adelhelm Meru, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (MITI)

Harold Carey, Feed the Future and Land Tenure Lead, USAID

Janet Bitegeko, Executive Director, Agricultural Council of Tanzania (ACT)

Sophia Mlote, Coordinator, Platform for Agricultural Policy Analysis and Coordination (PAPAC)

Moderator: Andrew Temu, ENGINE


17:00 – 17:30

Closing Remarks

Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF)

Janet Nkuvulilwa Simkanga,

Director of Policy and Planning, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries


AAPC is organised by the Policy Analysis Group (PAG) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. Established in 2013, PAG is an informal and voluntary group with members working on agricultural policy projects and initiatives, academia and local and international policy think tanks.

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Welcoming Remarks by Mr. Audax Rukonge, Chairperson of Policy Analysis Group (PAG) and Executive Secretary of the Agricultural Non State Actors Forum (ANSAF) at Annual Agricultural Policy Conference

 Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Serena Hotel, Dar es Salaam


Honorable Guest of Honor, Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Hon. Dr. Charles Tizeba (MP),

Permanent Secretaries from Agricultural Sector Lead Ministries,

The Chairperson for Development Partners, Agric Working Group

Diplomatic Missions present,

Development Partners,

Government Officials,

Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture present,

Farmers and agribusiness associations,

Colleagues from the Private Sector and Non- State Actors,

The Civil Society Sector, Research, academia and Training Institutions


Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Protocol observed!


It is great pleasure, for the PAG to recognize and honor your presence at this important occasion.

We are gathered here this afternoon to witness the opening of our Annual Agricultural Policy Conference (AAPC). This is the third meeting in a series of AAPC, which brings together stakeholders under the umbrella of Policy Analysis Group (PAG) to present findings of various policy researches and share experiences with the view to leveraging agricultural policies that work for the poor.


Honorable Guest of Honor,

Allow me to give you a bit of the history of this gathering. In 2013 stakeholders in the agricultural sector formed the Policy Analysis Group (PAG) to provide a platform for sharing information on policy research and activities so as to enhance coordination, collaboration and creating synergy. Your Ministry is a member of this group and is represented by the Platform for Agriculture Policy Analysis (PAPAC), which has created a strong link between public and Non State Actors -for engagement.

PAG is an informal and voluntary group with members working on agricultural policy projects and initiatives. The group involves academia, local and international policy think tanks. As of now, the group has more than 15 members.


The first Annual Agricultural Policy Conference was held in December 2014 at this venue, and the theme was “Changing Landscape of Africa’s Agriculture”: The need for more evidence based policy making to achieve greater food security and poverty reduction in Tanzania. Focus was  on youth involvement in agricultural sector on different levels of value chain knots.  On average a total of 115 participants attended the three-day conference.


Honorable Guest of Honor,

The 2nd AAPC was held in February 2016, again at this same venue. The theme of last year’s AAPC was “Agricultural sector transformation for food security, jobs creation.” The focus was on Technology use in fostering inclusive agricultural transformation. An average of 128 participants attended the three-day conference.


Honorable Guest of Honor,

According to the 2013 Census of Industrial Production (2016) shows that, out of the total 49,243 establishments, 97.3% were small industries. Out of the total establishments, manufacturing sub-sector had the largest number 48,474 equivalent to 98.4 percent of all industries.

Most of the manufacturing activities such as food processing, beverage, tobacco, textile and wood products industries depended much on raw materials from agricultural sector; implying that, there are opportunities in agricultural sector to produce more for feeding the local manufacturing industries adequately. During the survey year (2013), industrial sector created 264,223 employment opportunities; out of which, 47.4 percent were in small industries.


Honorable Guest of Honor!

We are here today for another round of deliberations and evaluation of our performance since the last two sittings. The theme for the 3rd AAPC is “The role of agri-food systems in promoting Industrialization in Tanzania: Enhancing Linkage of Upstream and Downstream Value Chain Activities in the Context of Agriculture Transformation.” This theme resonates well with the intention of the 5th Phase Government to step up manufacturing and agro-processing industries to push the economy up the value chain. The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Dr. John Pombe Magufuli has declared the intention of his government to step up manufacturing and agro-processing industries to push the economy up the value chain and provide jobs for the growing workforce.

The agro-processing industry has the potential to boost income opportunities, create employment, enhance the quality and demand for farmers’ products.  Further, it can boost non-agricultural activities including handling, packaging, processing, transporting and marketing. We emphasize on inclusivity, as this is one of the opportunities to open up rooms for women and youth into appropriate technologies, economic gains as well as employment.

In that regards, the NSAs support the President spirit of industrialization through collaboration with public sector in designing policies that work to address the supply and demand side constrains so as to optimize on domestically, regionally and international opportunities.

Honorable Guest of Honor,

The overall objective of the 3rd AAPC is to answer six key questions:

1) What is the role of agri-food systems in promoting industrialization?

2) How could agro-processing be defined in the context of economic transformation?

3) How could the linkage between upstream and downstream value chain activities be enhanced?

4) What is the fate of smallholder farmers and traditional food markets in the transformed agricultural sector?

5) What are necessary policies to create enabling policy environment for agro-processing and inclusive growth?

6) How is Agricultural Sector Development Program (ASDP-2) aligned with industrialization effort?

We have observed a great mismatch between agricultural production and food products demanded in the market by consumers especially in urban areas. We have also witnessed rapid growing food import bill. Tanzania’s agriculture trade balance is very thin due to a large import bill of processed food products thus undermining gains from agricultural exports. For example, in 2012, food import bill was about $657.1 million while agricultural export revenue was $742.6 million. Import of edible oil is estimated at $358million (2014), milk products, $ 20, sugar $ 250 and many others. Tanzania has a huge potential in value chains like cashew nut, cotton and many others. Experts estimated about Tzs 1.6 trillion annual losses through importation of food products that could be produced and processed within the country. This figure does not consider losses due to lack of processing plants for agricultural products outside like cashew, cotton and coffee exported the country. We need to reform, we need to mobilize resources (human and capital) we need to strategize, honor our plans and consistently review the progress. We do not have to leave behind anyone, but include all important players, from producers to consumers of agro-products. This is the reason PAG was formed and it continue to live to its dream, promoting coordination among players and development of policies that are backed with evidence.


Honorable Guest of Honor,

You will also launch the launching a World Bank’s report entitled “Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) in Tanzania.” We hope the report will provide some insights on the country’s performance in the promotion of business environment, a key component for industrial development. We believe the report provides a fair measure on how Tanzania is performing on the seven key components under review in this report. We believe there is room to improve on areas that we have not been doing well, and even in areas where we have dropped, as a nation we should ask ourselves why, and commit ourselves to score higher in the coming reviews.


Honorable Guest of Honor,

Let me conclude my remarks by extending my sincere gratitude to the government of Tanzania, and to you personally for accepting to be the Guest of Honour to officiate the opening of this important conference. We are expecting over 200 participants representing farmers, agribusiness, researchers, policy-makers, advocacy groups, media and development practitioners from Tanzania and elsewhere with interest in Tanzania’s agriculture and rural development. Given the broad spectrum of representation, the final deliberations of the conference will speed up Tanzania’s industrialization process.

Lastly, I would like to admit that this conference would not have happened without the support from USAID, the World Bank, JICA, Agricultural Non State Actors Forum (ANSAF), Michigan State University (MSU), Africa Lead, Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Regional Strategic Alliance and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) and Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agriculture Prices (FAO-MAFAP). Others are the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) and the Agricultural Markets Development Trust (AMDT), Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF), Dalberg, Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise (ENGINE), Feed the Future, Agricultural Sector Policy and Institutional Reform Strengthening (ASPIRES) Project, Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSDT), Research for Poverty Alleviation (REPOA), and the Sothern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT). Their financial and technical inputs have made this conference a success.


Once again, welcome to the 3rd AAPC!