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 was awarded to Booz Allen Hamilton in April 2011 and Donald Mitchell was selected as the Chief‐of‐Party (COP).
- The first Partners Meeting was held from May 23‐27 in Kilombero.
- The COP attended a Seed Industry Stakeholders Meeting in Arusha on June 3rd and prepared a BTO and draft Case for Value Chain Analysis.
- The COP attended a Cereals Working Group meeting on June 10 where the activities and mandates of the Cereals and Other Produce Board were discussed.
- The First Year Work Planning Workshop for SERA was held on June 27.