Tanzania aims to reach CAADP 10% agriculture expenditure target by 2015
While few countries have yet to meet the CAADP target of 10 percent national budget allocation to agriculture, trends show that there has been some progress towards higher public investment in agriculture. Countries have faced difficulties in maintaining a consistent amount of agricultural funding, with the budget sometimes fluctuating widely between years. One such country is Tanzania, where agricultural spending was as low as 2.5 percent of the national budget in 2008. However, this past week, the country expressed an increased commitment to reaching CAADP targets.
From February 25 to March 1, East and Central Africa held a regional workshop on CAADP Nutrition Capacity Development aimed at incorporating nutrition into the CAADP framework and agenda (See our blog about the workshop). At the opening of the workshop, Eng Christopher Chiza, Minister for Agriculture, Food Security, and Cooperatives in Tanzania, announced that Tanzania expects to allocate 10 percent of its national budget to agriculture by 2015. According to Chiza, the increase from Tanzania’s current allocation of 7 percent will be used both to increase agricultural production and to enhance the nutrition of agricultural products. Thus, investment in agriculture will not only be increased but also targeted to ensure that the problem of malnutrition is being addressed.
Countries that have consistently achieved the CAADP 10% agriculture expenditure target include Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guinea, Malawi, Mali, Niger, and Senegal (See IFPRI Discussion Paper).
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