Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of TanzaniaThe Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) is an inclusive, multi-stakeholder partnership to rapidly develop the region’s agricultural potential. SAGCOT was initiated at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa summit 2010 with the support of founding partners including farmers, agri-business, the Government of Tanzania and companies from across the private sector.
SAGCOT’s objective is to foster inclusive, commercially successful agribusinesses that will benefit the region’s small-scale farmers, and in so doing, improve food security, reduce rural poverty and ensure environmental sustainability. The risk-sharing model of a public-private partnership (PPP) approach has been demonstrated to be successful in achieving these goals and SAGCOT marks the first PPP of such a scale in Tanzania’s agricultural history.
SAGCOT Centre Ltd “open for business”
17 October, Dar es Salaam – The SAGCOT Centre Limited is now formally open for business with the appointment of its senior management, marking an important milestone in the progress towards realizing the full potential of the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT).SAGCOT was initiated at the World Economic Forum Africa summit in May 2010 as an inclusive public-private partnership, which aims to rapidly develop the Corridor’s agricultural productivity and profitability. Founding Partners include farmers, agri-business, donor partners, the Government of Tanzania and a range of additional actors. The Partnership will facilitate a new development process in the Corridor that will be commercially successful, while also improving productivity, reducing rural poverty and ensuring environmental sustainability. The risk-sharing model of a public-private partnership (PPP) approach has been demonstrated to be successful in achieving these goals and this is the first PPP of such a scale in Tanzania’s agricultural history.
The SAGCOT Investment Blueprint was launched internationally by H.E. President Kikwete at the 2010 World Economic Forum in Davos, and nationally by Prime Minister Pinda in Dar es Salaam. The Investment Blueprint showcases investment opportunities in the Corridor and lays out a framework of institutions and activities required to reap the development potential.
A further important milestone has now been marked with the formal establishment of the SAGCOT Centre Limited and the appointment of its senior management. The Centre will coordinate activities and investments that support large-scale, emergent and small-scale farmers, and agri-business in targeted high potential areas in the Corridor. The Centre will also support, manage and expand the SAGCOT Partnership, inviting key actors needed to ensure improvement in selected crop and livestock value chains. By providing a central point for these partners, the SAGCOT Centre will help to realize the SAGCOT commitment to ensuring a proactive, transparent and two-way dialogue among partners and stakeholders.
Dunstan Mrutu has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Dunstan (Dan) is the former Executive Secretary of the Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC), the consultative body between the public and private sector with a mandate to spearhead reforms for a private sector-led Tanzanian economy. Under his leadership, the TNBC developed Kilimo Kwanza (Agriculture First), a holistic vision to accelerate agricultural growth in Tanzania to address poverty eradication and food security. Dan holds several key positions, including Vice Chairman of the Tanzania Ports Authority Board, Board Director of the Export Processing Zone and Trustee of the Private Sector Agriculture Support Scheme. He is a shareholder of Corporate Advisory Services Limited, and owner of a commercial farm. Prior to joining TNBC, Dan was the first Executive Director of the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) after 20 years as an Investment Advisor to the Board of the then Tanzania Development Finance Company Ltd (TDFL). Dan holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Economics from the University of Dar Es Salaam.
Jennifer Baarn has been appointed as Deputy CEO. Jennifer is an experienced professional in the development and facilitation of international public-private partnerships (PPPs), with a particular focus on the role of partnerships in agriculture as drivers of economic growth. Prior to joining the SAGCOT Centre, Jennifer was an Associate Director at the World Economic Forum (WEF) where she helped develop the Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture initiative. Jennifer spent a number of years in financial services at Rabobank International, identifying growth opportunities in food and agribusiness and developing key insights into the agricultural sector. A South American who has lived in Europe and holds a passion for Africa, Jennifer brings knowledge and experience from around the globe to apply in furthering the objectives of SAGCOT. Jennifer holds a degree in business administration from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
With the appointment of its senior management, the SAGCOT Centre is “open for business” and will be proactively pursuing its mandate to facilitate the realization of the full potential of the SAGCOT initiative.
Contact details for the SAGCOT Centre management
Chief Executive Officer
Email: [email protected]
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Sophia Kaduma is the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives with responsibility for assisting the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry in the initiation and development of policies, as well as the programmes to implement these. As such, Sophia is an expert in agricultural issues and food security, having also served previously as Tanzania’s Director for National Food Security, and was instrumental in both the formulation of the Agricultural Sector Development Strategy (ASDS) and the preparation of the Agricultural Sector Development Programme (ASDP).
Elsie Kanza, Board MemberElsie Kanza, Board MemberElsie Kanza is Head of Africa at the World Economic Forum (WEF). Prior to this recent appointment, Elsie served as Personal Assistant to H.E. President Jakaya Kikwete on economic affairs. With a wealth of professional experience in finance and development economics, Elsie has worked at the Bank of Tanzania and spent a number of years in key positions at the Ministry of Finance. During this time, Elsie has advised on economic and financial policy at the highest levels of government and has a deep knowledge of both the national and international policymaking processes. Among her other commitments, Elsie also serves as a Board Member of the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development and was recognised as a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader in 2011.
Salum Shamte, Board Member: Salum Shamte is a long-standing expert in Tanzania’s agricultural sector and the Managing Director of Katani Ltd. Salum has worked in the agricultural sector for over three decades, spanning a number of roles, including the responsibility for marketing Tanzania’s sisal and tea to global markets and the representation of Tanzanian Sisal Authority (TSA) both nationally and at the international level. Salum is also experienced in the development of markets for both raw and processed agricultural products and oversaw the establishment of the Tanzania Trade Centre in London, UK. Among his commitments, Salum serves as a Board Member of the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF), Executive Committee member of the Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC), Chairman of the Board of External Trade, and a Board Member of the Tanzania Investment Centre.
Andrew Temu, Board Member: Prof. Andrew Temu is an Associate Professor at the Sokoine University of Agriculture. A globally recognised academic in the field of agriculture, Andrew is an authority on agricultural economics, rural development projects and financing agribusiness, whose work has been published in respected journals around the world. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Tanzania Investment Centre, as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Private Agriculture Sector Support Trust (PASS) and as Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of the CRDB Microfinance Services Company. At the international level, Andrew also serves as a Member of the Steering Committee of the Linking Farmers to Markets Initiative at the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).
Roshan Abdallah, Board Member :Dr. Abdallah is the Director of Technical Services at the Tropical Pesticides Research Institute (TPRI) in Arusha, Tanzania. With over 25 years of experience in plant sciences and food security, Roshan has a deep understanding of the role of science and technology in agriculture and enabling food security, as well as the research imperatives in this area. Prior to joining the TPRI, Roshan was both a Founder and Executive Director at the Agricultural Innovation Research Foundation (AIRF). Beyond her current role at the TPRI, Roshan also serves as a Board Director at the National Development Corporation (NDC), Vice-Chairperson of the Tanzania Official Seed Certification Agency (TOSCI) and Chair of the Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TaCRI).
SAGCOT will identify existing and potential project opportunities in the corridor in the infrastructure and agriculture sectors.
Six cluster developments have been identified along the southern corridor of Tanzania. See below each cluster map including the location of proposed fast-track opportunities.
SAGCOT welcomes interest from new potential partners. To apply to become part of the SAGCOT Partnership Forum, please complete this http://www.sagcot.com/fileadmin/docu...principles.pdf
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