A Call to Action
In this communiqué, the undersigned Non-State Actors (civil society, pastoralist, research, private, farmers’ unions and other stakeholders) champion a call to action and outline recommendations on livestock policy advocacy strategies that take into consideration the unique conditions and opportunities of the livestock sector development in Tanzania.
The livestock sector is an engine of economic growth in Tanzania where 50 percent of households in the country rely on some form of livestock for part, or all of their income. Tanzania has the third largest livestock population on the African continent after Ethiopia and Sudan. While a variety of livestock products—including livestock, meat, poultry, eggs and leather goods – are produced in Tanzania, the country continues to depend on imports to meet the growing demand.
Today, more than ever, the livestock sector warrants close consideration and attention if the country is to fully realize its potential as a driver for inclusive transformational growth. The livestock sector is seen to contribute to the Tanzania Development Vision (TDV) 2025 and a recent analysis found that the sector has contributed between 7.4% to 10% of the national GDP, although the sector’s development budget remains small, shrinking in recent years to 10.6 billion Tsh in 2016/17. Livestock is a sector that is growing and transforming rapidly and the demand for animal products and bi-products is rising, driven by higher disposable incomes of the growing middle class and increasing rates of urbanization. Its potential contribution to achieving many of the national development goals represents a unique opportunity for far-reaching transformation.
 Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries “Smallholder Livestock Sector: A review based on the 2012/13 National Panel Survey, February 2016: http://www.mifugouvuvi.go.tz/wp-
 Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries “The State of Livestock Development in Tanzania: Evidence from the 2012/13 National Panel Survey” presentation. May 2015 TLMI Workshop
ANSAFs analysis of the Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Cooperatives’ (MAFSC) budget and the 2015/16 and 2016/17 livestock development budgets
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