ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) --
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
on Monday signed a Country Programming Framework (CPF) with
Tanzania that will help in improving agriculture, food security,
nutrition and natural resources management in the country over
the next four years.
The signing event
was held here between the FAO Country Representative, Fred
Kafeero, and Tanzania’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of
Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Eng. Mathew Mtigumwe.
Kafeero said that
the framework guides FAO support and partnership with the
government of Tanzania from 2017 to 2020 in the context of UN
Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP II) 2016-2021.
“It draws lessons
from the previous CPF and it takes into account the findings and
recommendations of the evaluation of FAO’s contribution to the
United Republic of Tanzania 2014-2016. It also seeks to
strengthen collaboration with key stakeholders and development
partners supporting the government of Tanzania,” he said.
Explaining the UN
body’s contribution and expected results under the framework,
the FAO Representative highlighted the four mutually reinforcing
priorities of the CPF, which include evidence-based agriculture
policy, planning, investment and sector coordination; increasing
agricultural production, productivity for food and nutrition
security; improving market access for increased incomes; and
strengthening resilience to natural and man-made threats and
According to Kafeero,
the implementation of the CPF is estimated at a minimum of 17.6
million US dollars to be financed through partnerships with
development partners, the government of Tanzania, South-South
Cooperation programmes and joint One UN programmes.
the priorities will be through working in partnership with
central and local governments by specific linkages and
coordination with agriculture line ministries; collaboration
with non-state actors, the private commercial sector, academia,
and research institutions,” he stated.
the FAO support in improving agriculture and natural resources
management in the country and pledged full support to the
“Agriculture plays a
critical role in our economy and FAO is one of our key partners
in improving the sector which remains to be the biggest employer
in the country.” he said.