Poverty level remains quite high in the country, more so in rural than urban areas. As the Household Budget Survey of 2012 shows, while 10% and 28% of Tanzanians are below food and basic needs poverty lines respectively, the corresponding figures for rural areas are 11% and 33% respectively (URT, 2014). Marketing problems for small-holder farmers, including certain government interventions, their poor organization, and poor value chain development have been identified as among major bottlenecks to farm household incomes. National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) could potentially provide part of the solution to these problems through its role as an agency for ensuring food security, and through its role as a price, a stabilizer to increase farmers’ income if they buy at relatively higher than market prices that prevail at harvest. The latter role is even more important as many farmers tend to sell their outputs immediately after harvest for immediate cash needs for a variety of needs.
The petroleum sector is characterized by substantial rents when discovered and developed. However, such rents are inherently volatile and finite. The effects of these returns to the economy especially for the emerging markets depend on how well such revenues are collected and managed. The purpose of this brief is to examine the effectiveness of the […]
The Impact of Cultural, Religious and Legal Factors on Women’s Empowerment through Conditional Cash Transfers
This brief draws from a research report titled “Assessing women empowerment in Tanzania: the case of the Productive Social Safety Net Programme”. The research was funded by the International Development Centre (IDRC) as part of a research programme on “Growth and Opportunities for Women” and supported by the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF). It is […]
Measuring user’s satisfaction with the public goods and services are an important component of organizational performance strategies for continual improvement (OECD, 2013). It is also a means of allowing policymakers to understand their customer base, helping to identify needs or gaps in accessibility (OECD, 2013). Public services are key determinant of quality of life and […]
Targeted Not Blanket Allocation, is key to improving effectiveness of input use through voucher schemes
Agriculture development strategies continue to play an integral role in the economies and livelihoods of the poor in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) because of their predominantly agrarian economies and agriculture provides employment to large proportions of the population. Despite their importance to local economies, these strategies have historically been driven by funding from international development agencies. […]