Evaluation and Operation of Agricultural Marketing Boards in Tanzania. [1968 – 1969]

Co-Principal Investigators

Non-AFRE Co-Principle Investigators: Herb Kriesel (Agricultural Economics

Project Name:           Evaluation and Operation of Agricultural Marketing Boards in Tanzania.
Donor:                       Agency for International Development, Government of Tanzania
Contract No:              AID/afr-562
Account No:               71-1985
Location:                    Tanzania
Duration:                    July 1968 - December 1969
Budget:                      $140,000

Key MSU Faculty:     Herb Kriesel, Director, Glenn Johnson, Campus Coordinator, Henry Larzelere (Agricultural Economics)

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 Project Goals:           To conduct a comprehensive study of the marketing and pricing system, and the organization and management of the marketing boards and cooperatives, and to prepare a detailed time-phased agricultural marketing and pricing program and an implementation plan for improving the efficiency of the cooperatives and of the marketing system.

 Project Plans/Objectives:

  • To historically compare price policy issues in both domestic and world market contexts;
  • To evaluate marketing boards in terms of their administrative nature and functions, both as to effectiveness in serving existing and desirable policies and their efficiencies of performance;
  • To evaluate cooperatives in terms of their economic efficiency, both internally and in relationship to other entities, and their effectiveness in performing desired functions.

 Cooperating Institutions:      Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Cooperatives, Cooperative College at Moshi, FAO, NORDIC Advisors

 Project Summary Comment: The project succeeded in identifying the extent and sources of loss within the marketing system, it established base line information on cooperatives in Tanzania, and it identified the shortcomings of contractual procedures involving transport. Findings also showed how the marketing of one commodity subsidized the marketing of another. A comparison of maize marketing costs over time presented in the final report.

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