SERA Annual Report: Partial Year (April–September 30, 2011)

The Tanzania SERA project will assist both the Government of the Republic of Tanzania (GoT) and the private sector in enabling a broad‐based, sustainable transformation of the agricultural sector through policy reform.  The project will focus on current policy and the regulatory environment for agriculture—from the transactional “hot” topics to the needed strategic foundational changes— building capacity of local institutions to lead informed dialogue on policy and regulatory issues in the agriculture sector and advocate for the necessary changes.

The vision for this project is twofold: to improve the policy and regulatory environment for agriculture growth and to build a group of public sector institutions, advocacy organizations, and individuals capable of performing rigorous policy analysis in support of evidence‐based advocacy and policy reform. At the conclusion of the project, we expect USAID will leave behind sustainable capacity within the GoT to initiate, develop, and utilize evidence‐based research in policy decisions and implementation, empowering local research and private sector advocacy groups to more effectively use analysis and strategic communications to lobby for change, and building national partnerships that create consensus around agriculture policy and monitor the impacts of policy. The SERA project will focus all activities around priorities identified in collaboration with the Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) initiative.

The SERA project has three major components:

  1. Policy Research and Reform: Improve agricultural policies to support food security and agricultural productivity in Tanzania with focus primarily on policies affecting investments in the SAGCOT region.
  2. Individual and Institutional Capacity Building: Build local institutional and individual capacity to do agricultural policy research and implement policy reform and regulation.
  3. Advocacy, Communications and Alliances: Strengthen advocacy and communications for policy reforms and build alliances with partners to work toward these objectives.