The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC in partnership with Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) are launching the first agribusiness expo of its kind in Tanzania. The Agribusiness Expo will to take place on 8th and 9th June, 2012, at the SARI grounds in Arusha, Tanzania.

The expo whose theme is “Promoting Agribusiness for economic development prosperity” which is in line with Tanzania’s millennium development goals for the Agricultural Sector – Kilimo Kwanza – whose aim is to strengthen the agricultural sector to achieve high levels of production to feed its population and produce revenues.

The Agribusiness expo is an annual event of the Council that provides for an opportunity to foster agricultural trade among all the stakeholders. The expo allows participants to learn new strategies of maximizing the economic gain to foster sustainable market-led agriculture development in Tanzania.

At the expo, exhibitors will showcase a wide range of innovative products and services in Agribusiness and participants will exchange views on agribusiness financing and risk mitigation, modern grain aggregation and market concepts through warehousing receipt systems and commodity exchange, farm to market linkages, post-harvest management systems, research and biotechnology and marketing information services and technologies.

The expo will involve large and small holder farmers from across the country and with exhibitors in the grain and staple foods subsector including agro processors, seed suppliers, dairy and financial service providers to mention but a few.

This expo has been very successful in other East African Countries and we aim to make this ‘a must go’ event for the public and those in the Agricultural Sector.
Agribusiness for economic development prosperity in Tanzania.

The Agribusiness expo focuses the agribusiness sector in Tanzania in the right direction. As you are all aware, no country has achieved a significant measure of socio-economic and structural transformation without first modernizing its agriculture and no country has significantly reduced the poverty of its population without achieving a high level of productivity in agriculture.

Therefore Tanzania must also focus its agriculture sector to be the foundation of economic development and the prosperity of its people.
This is also based on the foregoing that 80% of Tanzania depends on agriculture for their livelihood, and 95% of the food consumed in every household is from Agriculture.
Agriculture contributes to the economic growth of Tanzania, since agriculture contributes 26.7% of the country GDP, 30% of total exports, and 65% of raw materials for Tanzanian industries.

Bringing the stakeholders together to focus on the agribusiness issues will also add on to reducing Tanzania’s level of inflation, since food contributes to 55.9% of the inflation basket.
The enhancement of agricultural market-led productivity is thus an important condition for increasing household food security and stimulating economic growth through increased investments in Agriculture.

Attempts to enhance the sector’s productivity have led to diverse market dynamics in support to producers, traders, processors and development of the sector.
In addition, Market linkages and access in the agricultural sector is focusing on commercialization of sub-sector with the thrust being on, structured trade and production in order to increase incomes and contribution to global, regional and national policies that impact on food security, poverty reduction and economic growth that are beneficial from Tanzania.
In view of the above, we recommend that:

  • The government provides a favorable policy environment that support agribusiness growth for all investors in the sector.
  • That government and partners come together to support improved national and regional markets systems to ensure market access which is critical to transforming and cushioning agribusiness growth and economic development in the region.
  • The adoption of an integrated approach which includes harnessing local innovations and technology to build resilience to the impact poor agricultural policies. This will eventually lead to the development of a sustainable agricultural production, structured trade and economic development and prosperity for Africa

The stakeholders briefing being held today is aimed at introducing the expo to prospective exhibitors and address logistical and preparations issues such as booking exhibition spaces, publicity and sponsorships opportunities as follows:-

  • Crops Demonstration Site
  • Construction of Perimeter Fence for the Exhibition Area at a cost of Tshs.30,000,000
  • Media Coverage
  • Lighting the Exhibition Area
  • Agribusiness Expo Networking Dinner on 6th June 2012 for 100 guests at a cost of Tshs.6,000,000
  • Provision of Security Services
  • Gala Dinner

The Expo will bring to light among other things;-

  • The importance of agribusiness to market access, economic development and food security at large;
  • The impact of changing technologies and business opportunities on agribusiness and the economy;
  • The negative effects of policies and poor practices on agribusiness and the overall economy
  • The challenges for increasing agricultural production and maintaining profits in agribusiness in the face of changing policies, and;
  • The role of stakeholders in the agribusiness sector in ensuring economic growth and prosperity.

For More Information Contact Ms. Palingo Mwigeka on +255 751/754 247744

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