Posted: Wednesday August 31, 2011 1:22 AM BT

REPOA has been selected to host a Hub for a Policy initiative supported by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The hub initiative aims at strengthening policy research design and implementation and policy support systems to enhance productivity in agriculture and the entire agricultural product value chain for staple food crops in Tanzania.

For REPOA this programme is consistent with our research programme on growth and development for inclusive growth whereby agriculture and rural transformation is a large component. It aims to help build capacities for evidence-based policymaking and implementation in the areas of seed, soil health, markets, land and environment and climate change.

In his statement to mark the inauguration of the Tanzania Policy Hub on Monday 15th August, 2011, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Mr. Mohamed Muya said that agricultural growth and transformation requires the existence of supportive policies.

At the same event, the President of AGRA, Dr. Namanga Ngongi’s speech mentioned that reduction of hunger and poverty in Africa cannot be realized unless Africa achieves a radical transformation of its agriculture sector, adding that Africa needs a green revolution and to do that, appropriate supportive policies must be in place.

The Policy Hub will coordinate five Policy Action Nodes (PANs) tasked with conducting research and policy analysis in specific areas, namely Soil Health, Seeds, Marketing, Land, Environment & Climate Change. Each PAN is hosted at an existing policy institution with technical expertise in the respective area.

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