Statement by Hon. Eng. Dr. Charles John Tizeba (MP), Minister for Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries, of the United Republic of Tanzania to IFADs Fortieth Session of the Governing Council
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President of the IFAD Governing Council,
Permanent Representatives of the Member States,
Officials of IFAD,
Members of Diplomatic Co – op,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is my pleasure and honour to deliver this statement at this 40th dignified Session of IFAD's Governing Council on behalf of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania and on my own behalf.
Chairperson, allow me to take this opportunity to extend my appreciation to the outgoing President, Mr Kanayo Nwanze, for the hard working spirit for the entire period of serving the FUND. I offer congratulations and best wishes to him in his future carrier. While looking forward to work with the new incoming President let me wish him a good start as a new President of IFAD and commit to cooperate with him during his tenure to this high office.
Chairperson, I would like to extend our gratitude to IFAD for assisting my Country and other countries towards addressing the challenges of poverty and rural development through development strategies and programmes.
Tanzania has achieved some of the today's milestones set out in the National Strategies for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (MKUKUTA and MKUZA), the Agriculture Development Strategy (ASDS) and the Agriculture Sector Development Programme (ASDS) with the contribution of IFAD. I am grateful that IFAD has always been around in supporting agriculture and the rural poor in Tanzania. Since 1978, IFAD has financed 14 projects and programmes with a loan portfolio of about USD 768.4 million and the implementation of these projects has helped to realize positive impact on poverty reduction and food security in Tanzania.
Chairperson, Tanzania is currently finalizing the Southern Highlands Milk Shed Development Project (SHMDP) as well as phase II of the ASDP. In this regard, Tanzania reiterates the need for continued support for IFAD's budget framework as the organization will in turn adequately support the implementation of Southern Highlands Milk Shed Development Project and hopefully phase II of the ASDP.
Chairperson, Tanzania depends on agriculture for its development as about 75% of the poor live in rural areas and depends on agriculture for their livelihood. The challenges of agriculture continue to threaten especially when coupled with increase in food prices, climate change and technology related aspects. Under such circumstances it becomes very difficult for countries like Tanzania to achieve the Sustainable development Goals (SDGs).
Chairperson, in order to address these challenges, sustainable management of natural resources like land, water catchment areas, forestry and other natural resources would facilitate in mitigating these negative effects of climate change. This calls for multi-sectoral and inclusive financing by engaging all stakeholders, including development partners.
The availability of opportunities in Tanzania (agricultural land – 44 million hectares, large water bodies including ocean, lakes, rivers and streams the 2.4 million hectares of high potential irrigable land) provide room for agricultural transformation in the near future. Therefore it is my sincere hope that IFAD will not close ties with our countries to ensure that sustainable development and economic growth is realized.
Chairperson, I wish to conclude my statement by congratulating the new President with my expectations that IFAD will continue to support Tanzania to realize her development goals.
I thank you very much for your kind attention.