Welcome to the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT)

The Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (“SAGCOT”) Initiative is a Public-Private Partnership initiated at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa (WEFA) Summit in Dar es Salaam in 2010.

Its implementation period runs for 20 years up to 2030 and the ultimate objective is to boost agricultural productivity, improve food security, reduce poverty and ensure environmental sustainability through the commercialization of smallholder agriculture. The mandate of the Partnership is to achieve this objective by catalyzing responsible private sector-led agriculture development within a continually-improving business environment. 

What is the SAGCOT Centre Limited’s Approach?

Central-most to SCL’s Cluster approach is brokering and supporting of the work of Strategic Partnerships in the field. These partnerships are comprised of agribusiness companies, farmer organizations, civil society organizations (CSOs), and government agencies with a role to play in developing the value chains of prioritized agricultural enterprises. They work together in resolving the constraints they have collectively identified as a partnership.

The partnerships are categorized into value chains and currently there are 9 value chains; Soya, Tea, Dairy, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Sugarcane, Rice, Avocado and Sunflower.


SAGCOT Partnership Environment

The Partners’ implementation arrangements are governed by the following partnership principles:

 Engaging smallholder farmers and ensure environmental sustainability       through their investments;

 Partnering with others to promote a harmonized approach and       improve synergies within and across priority value chains;

 Maintaining engagement, communication and support for the SAGCOT       Centre Ltd;

 Contributing to the resolution of policy and infrastructure constraints; and

 Considering new and innovative financing mechanisms.

The SAGCOT Initiative is the vision, but in order to turn the vision into reality, it needs an action plan and an operational support system to actualize it. This operational support system is the SAGCOT Centre Ltd.

Our Background

The SAGCOT Centre Limited (SCL) was established as a limited company by guarantee in 2011. The SCL works as a broker and catalyst of partnerships among registered partner organizations to incubate initiatives around inclusive, sustainable and viable agricultural value chains. The key role of the SCL is to facilitate partners to deliver on inclusive, sustainable and commercially viable agricultural value chains in the SAGCOT Corridor. By having the visibility of and connection to actors in the whole ecosystem, the Centre’s role is to:
Inform private and public investment about partnership opportunities as    well as priority policy reforms to achieve the SAGCOT objectives;
Track progress, through monitoring and evaluation, within the partnership,    ensuring follow up of partner commitments and progress towards their    objectives;
Encourage and facilitate active participation of the private sector in    promoting a cohesive partnership;
Promote policy and regulatory reforms necessary for achieving SAGCOT    objectives;
Derive lessons, adopt approaches to cluster planning and partnership    facilitation, and to communicate on behalf of the SAGCOT Partnership; and
Promote the SAGCOT partnership, and its opportunities, to a wider    audience and array of both regional and international partners.