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Southern Highlands agriculture stakeholders meeting kicks off tomorrow

Mbozi – November 22nd 2020: Agriculture stakeholders from the private sector, public sector(Ministries, Departments and Agencies), non-state actors and development partners from the national and Songwe and Mbeya regions (herein referred together as the Mbarali Cluster) led by SAGCOT Centre Ltd. and the Songwe Regional Secretariat are set to meet in Vwawa, Mbozi District for a two days convention to deliberate on the best partnership approaches to improve performance of the Poultry, Rice, Avocado, Sunflower, Potato and Dairy agricultural value chains.

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Olivado Tanzania (EPZ) Ltd

Olivado Tanzania (EPZ) Ltd, a newly signed SAGCOT partner is on course to transform the avocado value chain. The company has built a 2.5 million modern avocado oil production facility from scratch on a 30-acre piece of land at Itulahumba village, Wanging’ombe district in Njombe region producing avocado oil from non-export grade avocados. This investment has made a significant contribution on the commercialization and value addition to the existing value chain of fresh avocado exports while creating jobs, lifting families out of poverty by offering a steady market that creates additional income for non-export grade avocadoes. In just three years, Olivado is already reaching over 2,500 smallholders, bringing them into a commercial value chain, increasing their productivity and profitability while building their skills.

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Tamu Tamu Tanzania Limited

Tamu Tamu Tanzania is an Iringa based SAGCOT partner producing organic apples and strawberries for the local market. The company owns a 100 acres farm in Ifunda village out of which 30 acres are currently producing apples and strawberries. This investment provides a unique opportunity for sustainability of a structured approach in developing the temperate fruits value chain and dissemination of technology, experience, skills and providingassured markets to the outgrowers. With a vision to create a socially inclusive temperate fruits value chain in Tanzania, Tamu Tamu continues to give thousands of farmers opportunities to lift themselves out of poverty by starting a profitable apple business.

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Kilimo Kwanza Growth Corridors is an international public-private partnership launched at the World
Economic Forum on Africa in May 2010 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Its mandate is to mobilise private
sector investments and partnership to help achieve the goals of Tanzania’s Kilimo Kwanza strategy.
By catalysing large volumes of responsible private investment, the initiative aims to deliver rapid and
sustainable agricultural growth, with major benefits for food security, poverty reduction and reduced
vulnerability to climate change.
Members of the partnership represent government, global business, the Tanzanian private sector,
farmers, foundations and donor institutions. It is led by an Executive Committee co-chaired by the
Minister of Agriculture of Tanzania; and the Executive Vice President (North and Central Africa) of
Unilever.
The public-private partnership initial focus of the Executive Committee has been to prepare an
Investment Blueprint for development of the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor (SAGCOT). The
report was compiled by a technical team of African agribusiness specialists jointly led by Prorustica and
AgDevCo. The Tanzania Agricultural Partnership served as secretariat for the initiative and provided
ongoing operational support for the blueprint development. The World Economic Forum provided
indispensable support, including hosting key meetings and promoting the initiative internationally.
The technical team consulted with a broad array of stakeholders in Tanzania and internationally, too
numerous to list here, receiving valuable input. The information presented herein is not exhaustive,
however, and should not be relied upon for making investment decisions. Any inaccuracies are the
responsibility of the technical team.

 

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A Framework for Agriculture Green Growth
The Blueprint also identified the important issues of climate change, environmental conservation, and
natural resource management as critical to the Corridor’s long-term economic development, but did not
provide detailed plans to address them. The purpose of this Green Growth Investment Framework (the
“SAGCOT Greenprint”) is to refine the SAGCOT strategy to ensure that development in the Corridor is
environmentally sustainable, socially equitable, and economically feasible. Specifically, the Greenprint
lays out a strategy for implementing “Agriculture Green Growth” (AGG) to sustainably intensify
agriculture for smallholder and commercial agriculture alike, while simultaneously conserving the natural
resource base that supports agriculture and reducing pressure on forests, water resources, and biodiversity.

 

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