Fast tracking the access to popular and improved varieties of root crops by smallholder farmers (SHFs).
This project aims to disseminate market demanded sweet potatoes vines (popular and improved varieties) using rural primary school children as a dissemination channel. This initiative is spearheaded by the Department of Research and Development at the Ministry of Food and Cooperatives. ANSAF coordinates the policy and advocacy component, conducting dialogues with policy makers to promote the adoption of improved varieties of sweet potatoes to benefit the nutrition and livelihoods of smallholder’s farmers.
Enhancing the inclusion and quality delivery of services to smallholders farmers
This project, implemented in partnership with Trust Africa, is geared towards enhancing the inclusion of women and youth in agribusiness through quality delivery of services in agricultural sector. The project aims at contributing to CAADP principles and values particularly to ending hunger by 2025 through improved productivity and access to quality inputs, and halving poverty through inclusive growth and transformation.
Enhancing cashew nut value chain regulatory framework
ANSAF with the support of BEST-AC commissioned a study in 2012/2013 to conduct comprehensive assessment on policies, laws and regulations governing the cashew nut sector and develop a concrete proposal for lobbying the government to improve the sector’s growth and productivity. The study found, among other things, lost economic opportunities through raw cashew export such as job creation and revenue; limited market; weaknesses in regulation related to late delivery of inputs; exploitative cost structures through warehouse receipt system; auction systems and poor management of cooperative societies and Farmers associations. A six pages policy brief was prepared from the research report to influence and enlighten the stakeholders on the status of the crop and recommendations on the best ways to improve the sub-sector.
ANSAF has continued its engagement with the public sector, and other stakeholders involved in the cashew industry with the purpose to effectively engage stakeholders for improved local processing and marketing of Tanzanian cashew. This can be achieved through strengthening value chain coordination of public and private sectors and enhance value addition of cashew products and increase competitiveness of the sector. Activities under this project include supporting the formation and strengthening of district level processing associations.
Climate Change Policy Support Program
In collaboration with MJUMITA, TFCG and TOAM, ANSAF works to implement the Climate Change Adaptation Program in which we enhance dialogues and manage the policy component. In light of the development of Agriculture Sector Development Program (ASDP Phase 2), it is understood that issues of climate change will feature greatly given the current progress in devising and launching of the national adaptation strategy.
ANSAF works to disseminate information with regard to how climate change issues have been mainstreamed and how dialogues enhance the same.
CAADP Non-State Actors Coalitions
At AU level, the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) has targeted to enhance the role that non-state actors play in ensuring the agricultural transformation is made possible at continental level. In light of that fact, CAADP Non state actors Coalitions (CNC’s) are being established at continental level to enhance the coherence of efforts being undertaken by NSAs and improve coordination, thus support the CAADP pillars to achieve agriculture productivity growth, inter-regional food trade, poverty reduction and economic growth.
Enhancing the Formulation and Delivery of Agriculture Policies and Regulations that Promote Equitable Access to Quality Inputs by Smallholder Farmers in Tanzania
ANSAF in collaboration with AGRA aims to undertake a deeper analysis on input sub-sector that will come up with practical policy recommendations on creating a conducive policy and regulatory environment for more investment in quality inputs allowing small scale farmers to increased productivity and reduced food insecurity and poverty. The proposed two years project is set to address inputs related challenges (counterfeit, inadequacy in supply and competitiveness among players) by enhancing the formulation of effective agricultural policies and regulations that promote access to good quality inputs by smallholder farmers in Tanzania..