IFAD-FAO: Agriculture Development Partners conduct field visits in Dodoma

Agriculture Development Partners conduct field visits in Dodoma region and meet with national and local government authorities, June 15-17, 2016

17 June 2016, Dar es Salaam: Between15-17th June 2016, thirteen Development Partner (DP) agencies active in agriculture and rural development in Tanzania were visiting the Dodoma region to obtain first-hand knowledge regarding local responses to challenges associated with food security, flood and drought preparedness, and implementation of district agriculture development plans (DADPs). DPs regard these joint field visits to be an important policy dialogue opportunity to interact and establish direct dialogue with LGAs, farmers and other stakeholders.

Representatives from Irish Aid, JICA, European Union, Canada, Swiss Development Cooperation, Bill & Melinda Gate Foundation, World Bank, AGRA, AfDB, UNDP, WFP, FAO and IFAD participated in the field visits, which includes several sites in Chamwino district and discussions with the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) at Dodoma Municipal and the Tanzania Livestock Research Institute (TALIRI) at Mpwapwa district.

DPs also met with the new Minister of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries Hon Dr. Charles Tizeba MP and other MALF authorities to review progress in the formulation of the forthcoming second phase of the Agriculture Sector Development Programme (ASDP 2) and discuss public financing for the agriculture sector.

Every year, Agriculture DPs organize field visits to specific areas in the country to discuss and learn together about agriculture development and challenges. In the past few years, DPs have visited the Southern Highlands, Tabora, Northern Zone and Zanzibar Islands.

Background about the Development Partners Agriculture Working Group (AWG)

In line with the current development cooperation framework which calls for harmonised support to the United Republic of Tanzania. Development Partners who are active and interested in supporting the development of the agriculture sector formed the DP Agriculture Working Group (AWG).

The AWG is part of the larger Tanzania’s development partner group (DPG). It focuses on promoting coherence and consistency in development assistance to the agricultural sector (including crops, livestock, fisheries and marketing) through coordination of development partner’s support to the sector with a view of achieving harmonization, promoting coordinated policy dialogue and reducing transaction costs for both development partners and the Government of Tanzania.

The AWG focuses on policy dialogue, fostering partnerships, and sharing information to enhance sector coordination and promote collaboration and special joint initiatives to support cross cutting issues and agriculture sector linkages to key national processes. The AWG meets once a month and its work is supported by a data base/ DP matrix containing the range of activities supported by each DP in the agriculture sector.

In order to promote coordination, DP members of the AWG strive to abide to a set of common principles including: Ownership and leadership, unity, accountability, consistency, inclusiveness, transparency, effectiveness, operational coordination and compatibility.

The AWG membership is open to all bilateral and multilateral development partners as well as foundations and other regional and international organizations supporting activities in the agricultural sector in Tanzania (both mainland and Zanzibar). The current co-chairs of the AWG are IFAD and FAO.

For additional information regarding the Development Partners Agriculture Working Group (AWG), please contact:

AWG Secretariat
Contact person: Dr. Sizya Lugeye

[email protected]; mobile tel 0754 291 282