National Learning Alliance Tanzania
Tanzania’s growing population is posing a challenge to the country’s food and nutrition security and placing a strain on smallholder farmers who account for 75 per cent of the total agricultural output. Policymakers and implementers who play a vital role in creating the conditions for agricultural development need evidence on how to integrate social equity and management of environmental, social and economic trade-offs to ensure the sustainability of increasing food production.
The following thematic areas of policy and investment interest will be explored in Tanzania over the next three years:
The NLA in Tanzania is exploring how equity issues such as power relations, decision making and budgeting can be best incorporated in policies and practice to ensure the needs and interests of marginalised.
Researchers from the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SAU) with Lund University are analysing long-term data from smallholders in order to understand how gender, generation, and land-holding size affect their capacity to increase agricultural productivity. Training will be given to firms and service providers to improve equity in their own practices and to policymakers to more effectively integrate equity within agricultural policy development and implementation.
NLA members are working together to strengthen the quality of extension services and improve the interaction between farmers, extension officers and researchers.
SAU with CABI are evaluating out-scaling strategies developed with the Africa Soil Health Consortium to provide mass information services to smallholders on improved agricultural production. Many of the thousands of people they have reached have signed up to receive SMS messages from agricultural input providers who supply seed, inoculum and fertilizer to improve bean production. The effectiveness of different information sources for women is also evaluated.
Naliendele Agricultural Research Institute with Bioversity International are designing and implementing new digitally-supported information services that will enable agricultural service providers to offer context-specific services that meet the needs of farmers to implement SAI practices. Decision makers and investors will have evidence that will enable them to target information, technology and markets according to farmer’s capacity.
The NLA in Tanzania is providing a platform for stakeholders to explore the economic, environmental, food and nutrition security trade-offs driving both public and private investment decisions in the implementation of SAI.
Researchers from SAU with ICRAF are working to identify and increase the use of context-appropriate SAI innovations through evidence, multi-scale trade-off analysis, and the development of innovative evidence-based tools for stakeholder engagement and decision making.
SAIRLA-funded researchers from SAU with SEI are using a participatory ‘social learning tool’ to ensure that marginalised groups can voice their experiences of environmental and production trade-offs and have their interests reflected in policy decisions on SAI.