SAGCOT Inclusive Green Growth guiding toolkit launched
The SAGCOT Green Reference Group in consultation with the government of Tanzania and private sector companies have published an Inclusive Green Growth (IGG) guiding tool to ensure agro-investments under SAGCOT Partnership are socially inclusive and environmentally friendly. The target audience for this tool include small, medium and large-scale processors and producers. Speaking after launching the toolkit, the Deputy PS Vice President’s Office, Amb. Joseph Sokoine said the IGG toolkit aims to integrate economic growth, environmental sustainability and social inclusiveness in executing commercial enterprises and it is the central operating principle of investments in the SAGCOT region. The Green Reference Group is comprised of technical partners who participated to develop the IGG guiding tool including; The Nature Conservancy (TNC), World Wide Fund (WWF), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and CARE International with guidance of the Vice Presidents’ Office and consultation with the private sector companies working in the SAGCOT region. IGG aims to guide investments on four main areas namely: social inclusivity that include equal rights on economic gain; environmental management that describes judicial use of natural resources; sustainable business strategies; and developmental requirements where non-legal issues are considered. IGG allows investors in agri-business to conduct self-assessments using a checklist which forms part of the IGG guiding tool and establish their own compliance report.