According to the Coordinator of Policy Analysis Group (PAC), Prof David Nyange , the conference will attract a range of critical policy decision-makers and stakeholders in Tanzania’s agricultural sector.
“Over 200 participants have confirmed their participation where they share the latest empirical findings, assess progress in agricultural policy reforms, share successes, lessons learned, identify remaining gaps and chart out agenda for future reforms,” he said.
Prof Nyange said the AAPC is themed “Prioritising Agriculture in the Industrialization Agenda for Tanzania under the Agricultural Sector Development Program (ASDP-11) which taps onto existing efforts by the fifth phase government under the stewardship of President John Magufuli.
“The theme for the 5th AAPC captures very well the fifth phase Government agenda for industrialization in which agriculture has to be the driver, as the source of raw materials and workforce, especially for the low skilled labor,” he said.
Prof Nyange said AAPC is Tanzania’s leading agricultural high level policy dialogue and will be attended by key stakeholders within the agricultural sector in Tanzania, East Africa and beyond.
The 5th AAPC will also provide an invaluable setting for the Agricultural Sector Lead Ministries (ASLMs), businesses, researchers and development partners to tackle value chain specific policies to deepen the impact on food security, nutrition and job creation in Tanzania.
Prof Nyange said there would be over eight presentations during the conference addressing staples value chains,traditional export value chains, non-traditional value chains, livestock and fisheries value chains, import substitution value chains, farm inputs value chains and farm services value chains.
Earlier, the acting Assistant Director in the Prime Minister’s (Government Coordination), Joseph Kiraiya said the government had successfully implemented the ASDP-1 and became self food sufficient compared to neighbouring countries.
“The malnutrition rate among the children has dropped drastically from 42 per cent to 34 per cent,” Kiraiya said.
Policy Analysis Group (PAG), is an informal and voluntary group with members working on agricultural policy projects and initiatives, academia and local and international policy think tanks and was established in 2013.
Development partners who joined forces in organizing the conference are the Agricultural Working Group, Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
Other members and collaborators of the PAG include Agricultural Markets and Development Trust (AMDT), Agricultural Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF), Agricultural Sector Policy and Institutional Reforms Strengthening (ASPIRES), Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Dalberg, Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC), Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise Program (ENGINE), Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSDT), International Food Policy Research Institute
(IFPRI), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agriculture Policies (FAO-MAFAP), Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS), Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT), Tanzania Horticulture Association (TAHA) and Tanzania Private Sector Foundation(TPSF).