Tanzania: “Allocate more funds for climate change and organic agriculture”

The government has been advised to inject more budget to finance initiatives aimed at combating the effects of climate change and improving the performance of organic agriculture in the country.

Agriculture stakeholders further noted that it is prudent for the government to ensure that smallholder farmers are better placed to access loans for capital and key inputs.

In his opening remarks at a special dissemination workshop for the 3rd Biennial Review (BR) Report of the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) in Tanzania, Action Aid Country Director Bavon Christopher, spoke about the need for the country to increase investment and financing in agriculture.

“Agricultural performance in Tanzania, as is the case in many countries, faces myriad challenges of climate change, among others, the situation that calls for serious interventions,” he observed.

He said the hostile conditions set by several financial institutions to obtain loans for smallholder farmers’ capital were associated with soaring prices of agricultural machinery, resulting in poor crop yield and productivity.

For her part, Ms. Constance Okeke, Project Manager for Action Aid International, Scaling Up Public Investment in Agriculture (SOPIA), said that Tanzania was however among the countries that have so far managed to make efforts to achieve the targets. set by the CAADP.

She indicated that among the main objectives are the reduction of poverty through agriculture in all CAADP member countries by 2025, the stimulation of intra-African trade in agricultural products and services as well as the strengthening of mutual accountability. for action and results, among others.

“The CAADP agenda has also defined key pillars for member countries to achieve food security and improved agriculture,” she revealed.

According to her, the pillars are sustainable land and water management, market access, food supply and research on hunger and agriculture.

Sharing his view, Audax Rukonge, Executive Director of the Agriculture Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF), said the country needs more efforts to put in place a useful mechanism to finance smallholder farmers. .

In their joint statement, representatives of smallholder women farmers from the mainland and the islands lamented the poor access to key agricultural services, especially loans from financial institutions.

Furthermore, they challenged the government to see an opportunity to educate them and help them (smallholder farmers) to register and benefit from the various crop insurance services.

The meeting, which was attended by members of the Parliamentary Agriculture Committee, was held over the weekend under the financial patronage of Action Aid Tanzania to discuss and reflect on how the country can successfully achieve the objectives set by the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP). ) by 2025.

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