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.
Business Climate Survey of Nordic Companies in Tanzania, 2022-23
The Business Climate Survey for Nordic Companies in Tanzania is a joint initiative by the Embassies of Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and REPOA. Business Climate Surveys are published regularly in several markets across the world. This is a follow-up survey from that conducted in 2019 aiming to further our understanding of the performance of Nordic […]
Mapping export status changes and firm productivity: Evidence from EAC countries
This study tests whether firms in the EAC that supply in the foreign markets are in line with the learning by exporting hypothesis, in view of the differing performance indicators between exporters and non-exporters in these economies.The data for this study is constructed from the World Bank Enterprise Survey for four EAC countries (Tanzania, Kenya, […]
Export promotion and farmers’ welfare impact: Evidence from common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L) farming in Arusha, Tanzania
The results of this study suggest that common beans’ farmers in Tanzania are aware of significant role of exporting their crop than trading locally. Results further suggest that different factors such as age of a farmer, household size, other business, access to extension and contract farming are likely to influence the decision of farmers to […]
Export performance of the horticultural sub-sector in Tanzania
Horticultural sub-sector in Tanzania has been characterized by sustained growth over the years. But there has been slow growth rate in horticultural exports over the last decade. In this regard, knowledge of the determinants of the industry’s development is very important. Little attempt was made to examine factors influencing the export performance of the sub-sector. […]