Workshop participants group photo taken at Oceanic Bay Hotel, Bagamoyo Tanzania.

The TrustAfrica Agriculture Advocacy Program working with Agriculture Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF) held a workshop for livestock stakeholders to sharpen policy advocacy skills and to validate a strategic communication and advocacy plan, developed after several months of stakeholder consultations and research. The workshop was held from the 8th to the 11th of August, as a follow-up to the groundwork that saw the emergence of a loose network of livestock policy advocates upon seeing the need to come together to promote accountable, inclusive and equitable livestock policies and investments in Tanzania.

The network is made up of wide range of stakeholders from civil society organisations, pastoralists, research private organisations, farmers unions, private sector companies, development partners as well as government.

The workshop aimed to build the advocacy capacity of the livestock policy forum in targeted and strategic policy and budget advocacy for the implementation of key reforms in the sector. The workshop provided an opportunity to encourage deeper engagement, coordination and collaboration amongst the network members to work together on championing and advancing livestock sector development.

Dr Bethule Nyamambi, who leads the TrustAfrica Agriculture Advocacy Program highlighted that a strong, coordinated advocacy network of stakeholders was necessary to important in livestock policymaking and providing evidence to ensure strategic investments and problem-solving in small-scale livestock sector development. Noting that the Tanzania livestock sector, though significant due to its large livestock numbers, was still under developed and underperforming in terms of contribution to GDP, it was therefore important to engage government on investments and better policies. Opportunities presented in National development plans (FYDP 2015-2020) and Agriculture development plans, ASDP2 (2016-2021), Tanzania Livestock Modernisation Initiative and Livestock Master Plan should be leveraged to make a case for increased investment and solving challenges impeding the sector currently. 

Opening the workshop, Dr S Mlote, Principal Economist M&E in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF) said “the forum was coming at the right time, when the Ministry is finalizing the Livestock Master Plan, to guide interventions and investments in the sub-sector”. She emphasized that it is time for stakeholders to work together, advocate for issues and policies that will enable Tanzania to benefit from the large number of livestock through significant economic contribution to the GDP, CAADP goals and even industrialization.

*Dr Mlote, Principal Economist M&E, MALF giving opening remarks

Tanzania livestock sector’s potential contribution to achieving many of the national development goals represents a unique opportunity for far-reaching transformation. However, the 60% of the rural population, that relies on livestock herding for income and food security, are marginalized. Whilst livestock production is a fast-growing sector globally, due in part to changing diets because of increasing disposable incomes, investment in small scale livestock and mobile livestock keeping is still minimal and not inclusive. There is recognition that small-scale livestock farming should be supported for its additional positive and sustainable effects on the environment.

The workshop took time to review the advocacy and communication strategy whose vision is to improve production and productivity of the sector. The plan is to advocate for interventions that address 4 specific challenges impeding; increased public and private investments; low access to feeds; better regulatory environment and reduction in prohibitive taxes, improved access to resources including finance, land, and equipment. This advocacy and communication strategy will serve as a roadmap for the forum’s advocacy and communication engagement to achieve these objectives. Post workshop, the strategy will be finalised and launched in September 2017.

Participants engaging in a facilitated discussion on the livestock policy-making processes

By the end of the workshop, participants acknowledged that they had gained new knowledge and improved their skills on analysing and identifying the policy issues and gaps, and developing alternate policy positions, tracking and monitoring budget allocations and public expenditure, understanding strategies to work with and deepen political will and interventions to increase the visibility of livestock sector initiatives.

TrustAfrica’s agriculture advocacy initiative, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation initiative seeks to strengthen the policy advocacy capacities of unions, associations and intermediary organizations that represent the interests of smallholders. It currently focuses on six countries in West Africa (Ghana, Nigeria and Burkina Faso), East Africa (Tanzania and Uganda) and Southern Africa (Malawi) with a combined population of about 160 million people. TrustAfrica’s work on sustainable, inclusive and equitable agriculture development aims to help such groups as the livestock policy advocacy forum to build the capacity to engage more effectively for better policies. The initiative incorporates knowledge building, grant making and technical assistance, strengthening civil society’s capacity to engage in policy-making processes and advocacy for more inclusive platforms to formulate agricultural policies.

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We the participants, in the Tanzania Higher Education Summit on Enhancing the Contribution of Higher Education in the Industrialization Process of Tanzania, gathered in Dar es Salaam on 21st -22nd November, 2016 confirm our commitment to the objective of developing strategies that will enable the Tanzania Higher Education Sub-sector to produce competent graduates and research outputs which will significantly contribute to the process of industrialization in Tanzania.

 The 1st African Higher Education Summit on “Revitalizing Higher Education for Africa’s Future” was held in Dakar, Senegal on March 10 -12, 2015 to confirm commitment to the objective of creating a continental multi-stakeholders’ platform to identify strategies for transforming the African Higher Education sector. The summit was organised by several key pan-African organisations such as the African Union Commission, Trust Africa, Association of African Universities, Association for the Development of Education in Africa and other international partners.

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The Conference on Promoting International Co-operation in TCombating Illicit Financial Flows and Enhancing Asset Recovery to Foster Sustainable Development was held in Abuja, Nigeria from 5 – 7 June, 2017. The Conference was organized under the auspices of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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The National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and TrustAfrica, Senegal held a National Summit on Tertiary Education in Ghana on the theme: “Crafting a National Vision and Plan for the 21st Century” in Accra from November 2 to 4, 2016.

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We, the participants, in the Nigeria Higher Education Summit on Exploiting Diversity, Differentiation, and Quality Assurance in Revitalising the Nigerian Higher Education System, gathered in Abuja, Nigeria on November 21-23, 2016, affirm our commitment to the objective of creating a national multi-stakeholders' platform to develop strategies for advancing the objectives of the African Union (AU) - adopted Declaration on African Higher Education through renewed commitment to promoting categorisation, legislation, service delivery and quality assurance, leveraging on ICT as driver of rapid and wider revitalisation and sustainable funding of higher education in Nigeria. In this connection, we enact the Nigerian Higher Education Charter hereunder set forth, and also Declare and Adopt the accompanying Action Plans for its actualization.

Coordonnatrice du mouvement Africans Rising pour la paix la justice et la dignité elle née et élevée en Afrique de l’ouest entre le Sénégal et le Mali Coumba Toure est écrivain et conteuse. Elle se spécialise dans la production de matériel et de programme éducatif pour les enfants ( livres, habits, jeux) à travers la maison d’édition Falia.

Elle a une forte expérience dans la facilitation des rencontres, dans l’engagement des jeunes, dans le déroulement et l’évaluation des programmes de formation sur les questions de paix et de justice de dignité particulièrement celles des femmes.

D’’autres organisations avec lesquels elle a travaillé sont le mouvement des jeunes leaders du 21eme siècle à Selma Alabama et le Youth for Environnemental Sanity en Californie. Elle est membre de la coopérative d’écrivains Per Ankh, membre du conseil de African Consultant International. Membre du forum féministe Africain. Elle a servi sur le conseil d’administration du Fond d’Action d’urgence pour les femmes Afrique. Pour beaucoup elle est tout simplement une mère ou sœur.

Tawanda est un avocat, défenseur des droits de l’homme et Directeur général du Programme Droit et Politique au Secrétariat d’Amnesty International. Il a été auparavant Directeur général des Programmes à Open Society Foundations. Il a étudié le droit à l’université de Harvard, à l’Université de New York et à l’Université du Zimbabwe et est titulaire d’un diplôme en  management de l’Université du Witwatersrand, à Johannesburg. Il a travaillé pour Oxfam Grande-Bretagne en qualité de porte-parole sur les questions africaines et a assumé auparavant les fonctions de Directeur de Open Society Initiative pour l’Afrique australe. Il contribue à des articles médiatiques dans plusieurs points de vente, couvrant des sujets tels que l’état de droit (rule of law), les droits de l’homme (human rights)et la démocratie (democracy).

Solange D. Zawadi est spécialiste en développement international durable ayant une expérience dans les activités de développement allant du droit et de la justice à l’administration académique, à la coopération internationale, à la santé publique et au développement agricole. Tout récemment, elle a travaillé en tant qu’administratrice et coordonnatrice de projet pour le Centre international pour l’agriculture tropicale (CIAT) et en tant que consultante en partenariat et engagement politique pour l’Institut international d’agriculture tropicale (IITA) et Bioversity International au Rwanda. Elle est passionnée par la gestion de partenariats multipartites et a travaillé avec un large éventail d’acteurs du secteur public et du secteur privé en mettant l’accent sur l’amélioration des moyens d’existence basés sur l’agriculture pour les petits exploitants agricoles d’Afrique de l’Est et du Centre. Solange parle couramment le Français, l’Anglais et le Swahili. Elle est titulaire d’une Licence en Droit de l’Université du Rwanda et d’une Maîtrise en Développement international durable de Heller School for Social Policy et en Gestion à l’Université de Brandeis, à Boston, aux États-Unis.

Brenda Peace Amito a rejoint Trust Africa en qualité de Juriste auprès du Fonds pour la justice pénale internationale pour l’Afrique. Elle a une vaste expérience en matière de droits de l’homme, de justice transitionnelle et d’intégration du genre dans la consolidation de la paix. Elle est titulaire d’une LLM (Maitrise) en Droits de l’Homme (avec une spécialisation en justice pénale internationale), d’un diplôme d’études supérieures en Exercice du Droit et d’une Licence en Droit. Brenda est dotée d’une vaste expérience dans la gestion et la mise en œuvre de projets, la rédaction de rapports analytiques, la gestion et la diffusion de connaissances et une communication efficace. Elle a dirigé et coordonné des initiatives et des projets de réparation et de responsabilisation en matière de justice transitionnelle en Ouganda, en particulier dans le nord de l’Ouganda et à Kasese, avec des organisations internationales et nationales telles que Tulane ILLC, Avocats Sans Frontières ; et Uganda Women Lawyers’ Association (Association des Femmes Juristes Ougandaises). Brenda a également travaillé en consultation avec des institutions comme Mercy Corps Uganda et Gulu District Local Government, sur le renforcement des capacités organisationnelles et la rédaction législative.

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