ActionAid Tanzania(AATZ) in collaborationwith Agriculture Non State Actors(ANSAF),recently organized a workshop to discuss Public Agriculture Expenditure Fact sheet information.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />
The expenditure fact sheet is a result of a comprehensive analysis by the two organizations with key involvement of smallholder farmers.
The workshop brought together more than 50 stakeholders from respective Ministries,District authorities, Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Irrigation,CSOs-eg OXFAM, POLICY FORUM, FORUM CC, TGNP, Tanzania Agricultural Journalist Forum(TAJF), AFNET, Smallholder Women Farmers Forum(SWFF) International development Agencies (FAO and IFAD),Research Institutions-National Bureau of Statistics (NBS, REPOA,ESRF).
The objective of the workshop was to give stakeholders an opportunity to review, discuss, improve and validate the information about the sector so that it can be used to advocate for budget increase& utilization and ensure government delivers on their promises.
Speaking during the opening, AATZ country director Mr. Yaekob Metena said the core focus of the PFA project is to continue to catalyze increased quantity and quality of public investment in agriculture and enhance citizens’ participation in decision making processes to increase productivity and well-being of women smallholder farmers and communities in Tanzania.
He added that the analysis is from the farmer’s perspectives with technical support from the consultant hence inputs from planners, decision makers and other users are very important to make the fact sheet data/information refined before publication.
Audax Rukonge, ANSAF executive director also had the following to say .“despite the outstanding contribution of sector to the economy still the government had not paid attention to address the challenges within the sector and making it a priority agenda for the country...This is why we have developed this fact sheet…. Its because we need real change and big impact that will transform lives of the majority and boost the country economy”
On his part, representative from the Ministry of agriculture Mr January Kayumbe appreciated AATZ and ANSAF for the initiatives because the issue of data in the sector has been a great challenge and insisted that development of agriculture sector requires both public and private sector efforts.
“Collection and consolidation of this information has came at a right time .It’s like the mirror that will help the ministry and governments to evaluate implementation of initiatives imposed toward improvement of the sector”. emphasized Mr Kayumbe
During discussions participants recommended that the information should also be submitted to policy makers at all levels for more inputs and final confirmation of some of the data before being published.
The Public Agriculture Expenditure fact sheet covers a three years budget analysis which focused primarily on assessing the budget allocation and expenditures in favour of smallholder women farmers and it will provide policy and decision makers with critical information for effective budget planning and allocation in the next fiscal year.
It also critically assessed the recurrent budget versus development budget in relation to climate change, provision of farmer’s rights entitlements in term of input, extension services, gender responsive and research and development at the local and national level
It is expected that the information in the fact sheet will help the potential stakeholders in the sector to advocate for more inclusive set of actors to transform budgetary structures and processes in favour of smallholder farmers. It will also provide information that will be used to support local and national level advocacy engagements on the importance of increasing public allocation and quality spending for agriculture sector considering its contribution as the mainstay of the country economy