The Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) will be among the several organizations participating at the third Annual Agricultural Policy Conference (AAPC). The event will be held from 1st to 3rd March 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The theme for this year’s event is “The role of agri-food systems in promoting Industrialization in Tanzania”.
Jointly organized by the Policy Analysis Group (PAG) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF), the 3rd AAPC will bring together 150 key stakeholders working on agricultural policy projects and initiatives.
TPSF’s will be among the key organizations that will partake in a panel discussion called “Enabling Policy for Private Sector Investment.” This session will provide a platform for discussants to highlight some of the enablers and key prerequisites for agricultural sector transformation.
An enabling environment for the business of agriculture is critical to respond to evolving market trends. Addressing the existing barriers in the sector, specifically under agro-industrialization, will contribute immensely towards the creation of policies that improve the sector’s business environment, increase the country’s competitiveness and attract further investments.
The agro-processing industry has potential to transform Tanzania’s agriculture sector to become wealthier, create employment, enhance the quality and demand for farmers’ products.
In line with this initiative, in 2016, TPSF partnered with the Tanzania Bureau of Standard (TBS) to launch the “Proudly Tanzanian” Campaign. The campaign seeks to educate consumers to buy locally produced goods when shopping which will as a result ensure that the money is injected back into Tanzania’s economy. Further, the campaign will not only increase awareness of local brands, but will also increase their demand and consumption in local, regional and international markets.
The campaign also unveiled the ‘Top 50 Brands Awards’ with categories including Food and Agri-processing. Among other subcategories were dairy products, maize, wheat, coffee and tea leaves.
Other panel discussions at the 3rd AAPC will also address the many challenges and opportunities facing Tanzania’s agriculture, specifically in agricultural trade and marketing, access to finance, land tenure policy and agriculture input policy.
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