New agriculture plan ignores small scale farmers

The Tanzanian government is celebrating a new agricultural plan that it says will revolutionise small scale farming in the country. However, the Kilimo Kwanza (Tanzanian Green Revolution grand plan) is no different to previous food security policies as its conception process neglected the needs of and priorities of small scale farmers. The entire deliberation process was a product of input from the business community under the Tanzanian business council. The running theme within every policy that attempts to remedy food insecurity is exclusion of the biggest players – small scale farmers. It has to get to a point where we cannot advocate on their behalf as they have to start doing that themselves. We can always analyze the dynamics of participation as a right and not a favour but ultimately the people who benefit the most have to stand up and push for inclusion. Ownership is key! Read more here.
Damas Kanyabwoya

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