The government of Tanzania is compliant with the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), says Margaret Ndaba, the Tanzanian CAADP focal person under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives.
Speaking at the recent FANRPAN convened CAADP multi-stakeholder dialogue attended by 63 delegates at the Economic and Social Research Foundation in Dar es Salaam in July, Ndaba said the Tanzanian government, who signed the CAADP compact on 8 July 2010, has also launched an agriculture investment plan.
"The 15-year plan enhances the implementation of CAADP in Tanzania, mobilises resources and allows for resource harmonisation in the sector. The plan contributes to the national economic growth, household income and food security, in line with national and sectoral development aspirations."
Tanzania heavily depends on agriculture which remains the backbone of the national economy, providing livelihoods and employment to more than 75 percent of the country's population. It contributes more than 40 percent of export earnings and close to 60 percent of foreign exchange earnings. More than one quarter of the country's gross domestic product emanates from agriculture alone.
"The plan is compliant with the Southern African Development Community development plan and Millennium Development Goal 1 - to half the number of people who suffer from hunger by 2015. Tanzania is CAADP compliant," she said.
"This year Tanzania's budget focuses on infrastructure development and, because we are still putting less than ten percent to agriculture, it may seem that agriculture received less".
"It should, however, be remembered that the Maputo Declaration of 2003 calls for a ten percent budget investment in the entire agriculture sector of each country," Ndaba said.