Identifying Priority Value Chains in Tanzania


July 31, 2018 - Author: , Josee Randriamamonjy and

James Thurlow, Josee Randriamamonjy and Todd Benson, 2018. Identifying Priority Value Chains in Tanzania, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Paper 106. East Lansing: Michigan State University

Value chain development is increasingly perceived as an important approach for agricultural development in developing countries. This paper uses a Rural Investment and Policy Analysis (RIAPA) model for the mainland Tanzania economy to identify the agricultural activities and value-chains whose expansion will be most effective at fostering economic development along four dimensions: generating economic growth in the agricultural-food sector of Tanzania; reducing national and rural poverty; generating employment; and improving nutrition by diversifying diets.

The results of scenarios run through the model suggests that there is no single value-chain that can achieve all of the policy objectives. Instead, a more balanced portfolio of value-chains would not only enhance agriculture’s future contribution to poverty reduction and economic growth, but also promote faster rural transformation and dietary diversification, both of which are needed to create job opportunities and improve nutrition outcomes over the longer-term. The analysis suggests that vegetables, coffee, milk, cotton, nuts, and oilseeds should be considered as “priority” value-chains, because these are the most effective at achieving multiple policy objectives. Other value-chains that meet several of the development objectives considered include maize, fishing, wheat and barley, rice, cattle, and poultry and eggs.


Tags: agrifood system transformation, fsp research paper, ifpri, tanzania, value chain analysis

Related Topic Areas

Tanzania, C4b, C4a


James Thurlow

James Thurlow

Todd Benson

Todd Benson

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