This paper investigates the leather value chain in Tanzania. Tanzania has large livestock production that potentially provides raw materials for the leather industry but the contribution of the leather industry in the economy is remarkably minimal. Analysis finds that challenges related to inadequate livestock management, limited coordination of downstream and upstream activities, low capacity utilisation and limited adoption of skills and technology inhibit the leather value chain development in Tanzania. The study recommends an integrated approach to address existing challenges in livestock production, slaughtering facilities, hides and skins collection, tanning industry, and light manufacturing in order to move up the leather value chain, raise the sector’s competitiveness, and increase its contribution to GDP.
This report identifies easily adaptable international best practices employed by other developing countries in the global south including China, India, Tunisia, Ethiopia, and Kenya to scale the leather value-added chain. These include a common framework approach to support key value enabling facilities such as tax incentives, leather research institutes, grading institutions, innovation, and dedicated training facilities. Such an approach could revitalise Tanzania’s policies for the leather industry by strengthening the capacity for effective implementation of export competitiveness and diversification.
How Countries are Performing on the Road to Recovery The deep economic recession triggered by COVID-19 continues to have profound economic and social consequences. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, unemployment rates have rapidly increased in most developing and advanced economies, and poverty rates have begun to rise again, reversing the gains achieved over the […]
Youth unemployment has become the biggest development challenge in Tanzania. Young people have few opportunities to learn skills so as to help them start and sustain their established micro and small enterprises and, therefore, the majority of youth-owned enterprises do not survive beyond one year. This research aimed at assessing the youth skills landscape and […]
Analysis of farm and non-farm occupational choices among youth in rural Tanzania The agricultural sector in rural Tanzania is practiced more by elderly people than by the youth. This study examined the determinants of youth occupational choice between farming and non-farming in rural Tanzania. Specifically, the study intended to establish the trend of farming and […]
Extent and Determinants of Women Participation in Agro-Processing Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
The role of women in the promotion of agriculture and industrial development in Tanzania has recently become paramount. The existing studies on the role of women in agriculture sector have dominantly focused on challenges and opportunities and ignored the determinants and extent of their participation in agro-processing sector. This study was therefore set to examine […]