Southern Tanzania has a new plan for agricultural development
In 2010, the Government of Tanzania launched the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) initiative as a public-private partnership dedicated to ensuring food security, reducing poverty and spurring economic development in Tanzania’s 300,000 square kilometer Southern Corridor. While the region has considerable agricultural potential, it currently suffers from low productivity, low levels of investment, and high rates of poverty. A different future for the Southern Corridor is possible, one that develops southern Tanzania into a major regional food producer and engine of national economic development, dramatically reduces poverty among its nine million residents, protects the rich biodiversity that underlies a dynamic tourism sector and sustains the region’s ecosystems as the productive base of future wellbeing.
Ripe for Investment
The SAGCOT Greenprint outlines a number of Agriculture Green Growth (AGG) strategies that have the potential to transform smallholder and commercial agriculture in the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT). While some of the strategies will require investments in infrastructure, institutions and policies before they can be effectively scaled up, others are ripe for investment.
Best bet strategies identified by public, private and civic leaders
These AGG opportunities were identified through an analysis of the priority clusters that included site visits, an extensive series of interviews with key leaders and a Green Growth Leaders Workshop to bring together leaders from three of the priority clusters identified in the Blueprint (Kilombero, Ihemi, and Mbarali). These leaders from private, public and civic sectors engaged in participatory dialogue and mapping exercises to identify key opportunities and locations where technical and institutional innovations could result in quick wins for communities and investors. This document presents six AGG opportunity analyses that assess some of the ‘best bet’ AGG strategies discussed by participants of the Green Growth Leaders Workshop.