OECD Development Centre and African Development Bank gather agricultural policy makers in Tanzania

 

Last month in Dar es Salaam, the African Development Bank (AfDB) Tanzania Country Office invited members of government, the local aid community, bi- and multilateral organizations, private agribusinesses, civil society, think tanks and journalists, to debate rising food prices and growth prospects in Tanzania.

 

The event, co-organised by the OECD Development Centre with financial support from the Italian government, hinged around two recent reports: Business for Development 2008 (B4D) and the annual African Economic Outlook 2008 (AEO).

Kiichiro Fukasaku, Counsellor/ Head of Regional Desks, OECD Development Centre, provided an overview of both reports while Dr. Sipho Moyo, AfDB Country Representative and Federica Marzo, Development Centre Economist and one of the 2008 AEOs authors, reported the 2008 AEO's major findings. Other participants included H.E. Mr. Peniel Lymo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives. For a copy of the agenda inclduing names of expert panel discussants click here.

 

Following the presentaions, discussions among meeting participants and panellists centred around the current food prices crisis and obstacles to the development of Tanzanian agricultural sector, which has a strategic role to play in the development of the country. In follow up to the seminar, Dr. Moyo spoke with the Africa Desk more indepth about some of the issues that had been raised during the meeting. To view the full interview text click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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