Cultivating growth and competitiveness: Insights from Tanzania’s Cassava Business and Investment Forum

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The Ministry of Agriculture of Tanzania, in collaboration with the Tanzania Cassava Producers and Processors Association (TACAPPA), IITA, and AGRA – Sustainably Growing Africa’s Food Systems, organized a cassava business and investment forum in Dodoma on 29 April. The event aimed to engage stakeholders, especially private-sector cassava producers, seed producers, researchers, and policymakers, to foster insightful discussions on promoting cassava in food systems diversification, commercialization, and trade at national, regional, and international levels.

Dr Hussein M. Ommar, the Deputy Permanent Secretary—representing the Minister of Agriculture, Honourable Hussein Mohamed Bashe (MP), who presided over the event as the Chief Guest of Honor—expressed gratitude to the delegates for their commitment to improving the cassava sub-sector in Tanzania. Ommar highlighted the contributions of development partners, especially the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Cornell University, in supporting projects (BASICS IIMuhogo Bora, and Next-Gen) on the development of a sustainable cassava seed system in the country.

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