Calling All Food System Champions! Here is the Programme for the 10th Annual Agricultural Policy Conference

The 10th Annual Agricultural Policy Conference is coming to Dodoma! Mark your calendars for April 17th to 19th, 2024, as the Mabele Hall prepares to host this landmark event.

This year’s conference celebrates a decade of driving change in Tanzania. The theme: “A Decade of Impactful Policy Reforms: Building Resilient, Inclusive, and Sustainable Food Systems.” Join us for three days of thought-provoking discussions and action plans to shape the future of agriculture. For those who can not make it to Dodoma, join via Zoom

Dive deeper: Explore the comprehensive agenda for this pivotal event

PROGRAM   10th ANNUAL AGRICULTURAL POLICY CONFERENCE Theme: “A Decade of Impactful Policy Reforms: Driving Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Food Systems”   April 17 – 19, 2024   Mabele Hall, DODOMA Facilitator: Mr. Austin Makani
DAY 1: April 17, 2024
0730 – 0830Tea and Registration of participants – arrival of guestsPAG Secretariat
0830 – 0845Arrival of distinguished guestsProtocol Team
0845 – 0900Arrival of the Guest of HonorProtocol Team
0900 – 0910Welcome and Introducing Participants by GroupsAustin Makani, Facilitator
0910 – 0920Introduction of Chief Guests and Delegations on the High TableGerald Mweli, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture
0920 – 0925Welcoming Participants to Dodoma RegionHon. Rosemary Senyamule, Dodoma Regional Commissioner
0925 – 0930VIDEO: Mafanikio ya Kilimo kwa Miaka Mitatu ya Serikali ya Awamu ya SitaPAG Secretariat
0930 – 0935An Overview of the Annual Agricultural Policy Conferences and Progress Made in Agricultural Policy ReformsMs. Victoria Michael, Chairperson, Policy Analysis Group (PAG)
0935 – 0945A Reflection on This Year’s AAPC Theme: “A Decade of Impactful Policy Reforms: Driving Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Food Systems”Prof. David Nyange, Policy Advisor, ASPIRES; Chief of Party SERA BORA (Better Policies) Project and Secretariat of PAG/
0945 – 0950A Short Documentary
0950 – 1000A Short Highlight (Overview) of the Agriculture Transformation MasterplanMs. Elizabeth Missokia, Executive Director, Agricultural Transformation Office (ATO) /IFAD
1000 -1010Remarks From the Private SectorMr. Raphael Maganga, CEO, Tanzania Private Sector Foundation
1010 – 1020Remarks from the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Industry, Trade, Agriculture and LivestockHon. Deodatus Mwanyika
1020 – 1035Remarks from USAID (Representing Development Partners and Agricultural Working Group (AWG)Mr. Craig Hart, USAID Tanzania Mission Director
1035 – 1045Remarks from the Ministry of Agriculture, ZanzibarDr. Omar Ali Amir, Deputy Principal Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, Natural Resources, and Livestock
1045 – 1100Remarks from the Ministry of Livestock and FisheriesHon. Abdalah Ulega (MP), Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Tanzania Mainland
1100 – 1115Remarks from the Ministry of AgricultureHon. Hussein Mohamed Bashe (MP), Minister of Agriculture, Tanzania Mainland
1115 – 1135Official Opening of the 10th Annual Agricultural Policy Conference (AAPC) by the Guest of HonourHon. Kassim Majaliwa (MP), Prime Minister of the Republic of Tanzania
1135 – 1145Vote of ThanksMr. Geoffrey Kirenga, Chief Executive Officer, Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) Center
1145 – 1230                                       Group photoshoot with the Guest of Honour
1230 – 1300Media Engagement The rest will network and head out to the lunch buffet
1300 – 1400Lunch BreakAll
DAY ONE: April 17, 2024 | AFTERNOON SESSION Chief Guest:
1400 – 1420 – Chief Guest Remarks
10th AAPC Technical SessionsFacilitator
KEYNOTE SESSION: A Decade of Impactful Policy Reforms: Driving Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Food SystemsModerator: Mr. Geoffrey Kirenga, Chief Executive Officer, SAGCOT Center
1420 – 1435 Paper Presentation:Prof. David Nyange: Policy Advisor, ASPIRES and Chief of Party, USAID – SERA BORA (Better Policies) Project
1435 – 1500 Panel Discussion:
Panelists (5 minutes each) 
Prof. Samuel WangwePrincipal Associate Researcher, Economic Social Research Foundation (ESRF)
Dr. Lucas KateraDirector of Collaborations & Capacity Building, REPOA
Mr. Gungu MibavuDirector of Food Security, Ministry of Agriculture
Prof. Riziki ShemdoePermanent Secretary, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries
Mr. Vianey RweyendelaCountry Director, AGRA
  1500 – 1545: Q&A Session and Conclusion    Moderator
Thematic Area 1: Food Systems Supportive Policies: Policy Coherence, Predictability, and SustainabilityModerator: Dr. Bohela Lunogelo, Principal Associate Researcher, ESRF
Presenters (10 minutes each)
1545 – 1555Alignment of the Agriculture Transformation Masterplan with Tanzania’s Vision 2050Ms. Elizabeth Missokia, Executive Director, Agricultural Transformation Office (ATO) /IFAD
1555 – 1605ASDP II Midterm Review and ReplanningMr. Malik Nkoba – Tanzania Agriculture Lead, Axum
1605 – 1615From SAGCOT to AGCOT: A Scale-Up Strategy for the SAGCOT Model throughout TanzaniaMr. Geoffrey Kirenga, Chief Executive Officer, SAGCOT
1615 – 1645       Panel Discussion:
Panelists (5 minutes each) 
Ms. Hadija JabiriFounder, EatFresh Tanzania
Dr. Daniel Wandera Clief NakuLecturer, Department of Geography, St John’s University of Tanzania – East Africa Founder & Country Director, DFD Global Centre for Professional Training, Research & Consulting
Mr. Devang VussonjiCo-founder– Axum/ Board Member of CEO- Roundtable
Dr. Florens TurukaSenior Lecturer, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Former Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Presidential Food and Agriculture Delivery Council
Ms. Dorcas MwakoiCountry Program Lead, AGRA Tanzania
Mr. Vincent AkulumukaTechnical Assistant, AGRICONNECT
1645 – 1730: Q&A Session and ConclusionModerator
1730 – 1745                                                          Recap of Day 1 and Closing
1845 onwards   Evening Cocktail: Regenerative Agriculture: Driving Tanzania’s Climate Positive Growth – A night hosted by AXUM
DAY TWO: April 18, 2024 Special Guest: Hon. Dr. Philip Isdor Mpango, Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania
0730 – 0830 Arrival of Participants/ Tea and BreakfastPAG Secretariat
0830 – 0900Arrival of Guest of HonorProtocol Team
0900 – 0910Remarks from the Minister for AgricultureHon. Hussein M. Bashe (MP), Minister for Agriculture
0910 – 0920Remarks from the Minister for FinanceHon. Mwigulu Nchemba (MP), Minister for Finance
0920 – 0940Speech from the Guest of HonorHon. Dr. Philip I. Mpango, Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania
0940 – 0950Presentation from the Ministry of FinanceMinistry of Finance
0950 – 1005Panel Discussion: Bank of Tanzania (BOT), Bankers Association, Tanzania Insurance Regulatory Authority (TIRA)Moderator
1005 – 1105Q & A Session and DiscussionModerator
1105 – 1115Stretching and Networking
Thematic Area 2: Enabling Private Sector Policies (Regulatory Frameworks)Moderator: Mr. Jackson Mahenge, Public and Private Sector Engagement Lead, Axum
  Presenters (10 minutes each)
1115 – 1125Addressing Food Safety Through Food Systems Regulations in Tanzania: The Role of Cereals and Other Produce Regulatory Authority (COPRA)Ms. Irene Madeje, Director General, Cereal and Other Produce Board Regulatory Authority (COPRA)
1125 – 1135Analysis of the Business Enabling Environment for the Sustainability of Sunflower Subsector DevelopmentMr. Delta Shilla, Monitoring and Results Measurement Officer, Agricultural Markets Development Trust (AMDT)
1135 – 1145Creating an Enabling Environment for the Private Sector in Fertilizer and Seed SystemsProf. David Nyange, Policy Advisor, ASPIRES; Chief of Party SERA BORA (Better Policies) Project and Secretariat of PAG/
1145 – 1205 Panel Discussion:
Panelists (5 minutes each) 
Dr. Nazael MadallaDirector of Aquaculture, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries
Ms. Sharifa ChihakaProgram Officer, Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC)
Mr. Kelvin Remen SwaiDeputy Chief of Party, USAID Tuhifadhi Chakula Project
Ms. Aneth KayomboIndependent Consultant
1205 – 1250: Q&A Session and Conclusion
1300 – 1400Lunch Break
Thematic Area 3: Trade and Market PoliciesModerator: Mr. Elibariki Shammy, TradeMark Africa
  Presenters (10 minutes each)
1400 – 1410A Comparative Study on Port and Airport Performance in East and Southern Africa  Mr. Anthony Chamanga, Chief Manager, TAHA
1410 – 1420An Evaluation of Warehouse Receipt System and Collateral Management in TanzaniaMr. Julius Kallambo, Consultant
1420 – 1430Alignment of Tanzania’s AfCFTA Strategy with EAC Strategy: Priority value chain in food systemsDr. Josephat Kweka, Talanta Consultant
1430 – 1440Determinants for Foreign Direct Investment in Agriculture and its Implications for TradeDr. Elibariki Msuya, Sokoine University of Agriculture
1440 – 1455: Panel Discussion:
Mr. Zephania ShaidiMembership & Business Development Manager, East African Business Council
Dr. David BiswaloPrincipal Investment Facilitation Officer and Liaison Officer of the Ministry of Agriculture, Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC)
Mr. Peter OldhamTeam Leader, AGRICONNECT
1455 – 1540: Q&A Session and Conclusion
  Thematic Area 4: Environment  Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and theModerator:Ms. Namwaka Omari
  Presenters (10 minutes each)
  1540 – 1550Land Leasing in Tanzania: The need for a regulatory frameworkDr. Stephen Nindi, Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute, and former Director General for Land Use Planning Commission
1550 – 1600Land Prices Heading Skyward? An Analysis of Farmland Values Across TanzaniaDr. Ayala Wineman, MSU (Virtual)
1600 – 1610Modeling the Impact of Land Titling on Market- Oriented Agriculture among Farmers in Tanzania: An instrumental variable approachProf. William A. Pallangyo, Public Policy Expert, Tanzania Institute of Accountancy Mr. Samwel Nassary, Economist, University of Dar es Salaam
1610 – 1620Efficient Water Use, Increasing Climate Smart Adoption and Resilience Through Mobile Irrigation TechnologiesIkunda Terry, Agribusiness Specialist and Food Scientist
1620 – 1630Building Resilience and Sustainability in Tilapia Aquaculture Through Climate-smart Farming TechnologiesMr. Geoffrey Rucho, Executive Secretary-Aquaculture Association of Tanzania -AAT / Dr. Charles Mahika, Chairman, Aquaculture Association of Tanzania (AAT)
1630 – 1650: Panel Discussion: 
Ms. Sarah ScottFounder and Executive Director, Kijani Pamoja
Mr. Cathbert TomithoExecutive Director, Land Rights and Research Institute Haki-Ardhi
Mr. John BangaManager, Kilombero Cluster SAGCOT
Mr. Leslie Alex (Virtual)Graduate Student, Michigan State University
1650 – 1735: Q &A Session and Conclusion 
  Thematic Area 5: Access to Finance and Support Services  Moderator: Mr. Eric Massinda, Interim Executive Director, Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSDT)
Presenters (10 minutes each) 
1735 – 1745Youth Financial Inclusion in Tanzania: Evidence from 2023 FINSCOPEMs. Nellin Njovu, Research Manager, FSDT
1745 – 1755Managing Climate Risks through Insurance Products for Smallholder Farmers and Livestock Keepers in TanzaniaMs. Rose Goslinga, Pula
1755 – 1805Increasing Access to Finance through Technology PlatformsMr. Firas Ahmed, AzamPay (Virtual)
1805 – 1815Policy Developments in Carbon Regulations in Africa: Case Study from Kenya: Leveraging Carbon Credit Financing Policies in Africa: A Case Study from KenyaMr. Syakaa William, Nature-based Solutions Lead, Axum
1815 – 1830: Panel Discussion:
Mr. Nsolo MloziHead, Agri-retail, NMB Bank PLC
Mr. Yohane KadumaManaging Director, Private Agricultural Sector Support (PASS) Trust
Mr. Mkani WaziriResearch and Advisory Manager, Tanzania Agriculture Development
1830 – 1930 Q &A Session and Conclusion
Recap and Closing of Day 2
Evening Tea
DAY THREE: April 19, 2024 Special Guest: Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Hon. Abdallah Ulega (MP)
0730 – 0830 Arrival of Participants/ Tea and BreakfastPAG Secretariat
  Thematic Area 6: Access to Farm Inputs and TechnologyModerator: Mr. Bob Shuma, Chairperson, Tanzania Seed Traders Association
Presenters (10 minutes each) 
0830 – 0840Outlook for the Tanzanian Seed Sector Development and a Diversified Agriculture Based on Climate Impact ForecastsDr. Idil Ires, Water and Climate Policy Fellow, International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Africa
0840 – 0850Tanzania Seed Investment PlanMr. Ipyana Mwakasaka, AGRA
0850 – 0900Irrigation as a Catalyst for Agricultural Development Policy: Policy Brief on Enhancing Productivity of Small-Scale Banana Farmers in TanzaniaDr. Felister Tibamanya, Lecturer, Mzumbe University
0900 – 0910Precision Farming Renaissance: Satellite Technology Shaping Policies for Resilient and Prosperous Farming CommunitiesMr. Aloyce Kimaro, Project Manager, Direct Impact (NGO)
0910 – 0940: Panel Discussion:
Panelists (5 minutes each) 
Dr. Mshindo MsollaHead of Sales and Marketing, Minjingu Mines and Fertilizer Limited
Mr. Josephat MasanjaAgricultural Seed Agency Zonal Manager – Southern Highlands and
 East Africa Coordinator, Africa Youth Pastoralist Network
Mr. Joel LaurentExecutive Director, Tanzania Fertilizer Regulatory Authority (TFRA)
Ms. Josephine KaizaCountry Director, African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) Tanzania
Mr. Nyasebwa ChimaguDirector of Crop Development, Ministry for Agriculture
Prof. Isaac MindeIn-country Coordinator, MSU RSM2SNF Project, Tanzania
  0940 – 1025 – Q&A Session and Conclusion
1025 – 1035Stretch and Network
Thematic Area 7: Human Resources, Skills, and Labour PoliciesModerator: Ms. Janet Maro, Executive Director, Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania
Presenters (10 minutes each) 
1035 – 1045Harvesting Success: Scaling Up Integrated Farmer Field and Business School for Lasting Food SecurityMs. Christina John, CARE International
1045 – 1055Empowering Women-owned Businesses through Public ProcurementMr. George Temba, Economic and Social Research Foundation of Tanzania (ESRF)
1055 – 1105Imparting Youth Agribusiness Skills in HorticultureMr. Antonio Coello, Chief of Party, USAID Feed the Future Kilimo Tija Activity
1105 – 1115Employment Transitions and Earnings Dynamics in TanzaniaDr. Arbogast B. Moshi, Lecturer, University of Dodoma
1115 – 1135 Panel Discussion:
Mr. Franklin BagallaOwner and Founder, Tomoni Farms
Ms. Elaine KijotiIT & Technologist, Magnoverata Agriculture Farm
Hon.Vallensi WambaliDirector of Arbitration, Commission for Mediation and Arbitration (CMA)
Mr. Edward FurahaChief of Party, USAID, Private Sector Strengthening Activity (PSSA)
1135 – 1220 Q&A Session
1220 – 1400Lunch Break
  SPECIAL SESSION: Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries  Moderator:
Presenters (10 minutes each) 
1400 – 1410Presentation of the Proposal for the Establishment of the Tanzania Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (TFAA)Dr Nazael Madalla, Director of Aquaculture, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries
1410 – 1420Presentation of the Proposal for the Establishment of the Livestock Products and Infrastructure Authority (LPIA)Dr. Florens Turuka, Senior Lecturer, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Former Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Presidential Food and Agriculture Delivery Council
1420 – 1435Panel Discussion
1435 – 1450QnA and Discussion
  Thematic Area 8: Inclusive, Resilient, and Sustainable Food Systems: Food Safety, Nutrition, Women and YouthModerator: Dr. Germana Henry Leyna, Executive Director, Tanzania Food and Nutrition Center (TFNC)
1450 – 1500Driving Consumer Demand for Dried Pigeon Peas for Nutritional and Economic BenefitMs. Vicky Sidney Msamba, Market Development and Climate Change Systems Associate, AMDT
1500 – 1510Food Service in Tanzania: Dar es Salaam Case StudyMr. Tumaini Charles, Nutrition Specialist, ASPIRES Tanzania   Mr. Michael Hall, Researcher, Michigan State University (MSU) (Virtual)
1510 – 1520Research Supporting African MSMEs to Provide Safe and Nutritious FoodProf Minde, In-country Coordinator, MSU RSM2SNF Project, Tanzania
1520 – 1530Supporting Cash Crop Value Chains – Why Nutrition is an Important ComponentMr. Peter Oldham, Team Leader, AGRICONNECT
1530 – 1555     Panel Discussion:
Ms. Sophie TadriaNutrition Expert, AGRICONNECT
Mr. Philemon KiemiOwner and Founder, Kijiji cha Nyuki
Mr. Jacob NjelaInternational Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Dr. Lilian KaaleSenior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Dar-es- Salaam (UDSM)
Ms. Innocensia JohnLecturer, University of Dar-es-Salaam (UDSM)
1555- 1640 Q&A Session and Conclusion
    1640 – 1700                                               Recap and Emerging Policy Issues
  1700 – 1730                                                              Closing Ceremony
1730 onwards                                                             Evening Tea