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Improving the Competitiveness of the Tanzanian Pulses Sector

Aidenvironment conducted a sector diagnostic of the Tanzanian pulses sector for VECO East Africa. The study supports the Tanzanian Pulses Network in formulating a strategy to improve sector governance for better sector performance.

Pulses farmers in Tanzania grow a range of crops, including pigeon pea, chickpea, cow pea, green gram, and common beans. Pulses take up 12% of the with perennial crops in Tanzania and are an important subsistence and cash crop for the mainly small-scale farmers. India is the most important export market, although Tanzania also exports to the Middle East, the EU, and neighboring countries. The pulses sector in Tanzania is a potentially profitable value chain for all actors, but development is constrained by price volatility, security of supply issues, the weak organization of small-scale producers, and a poor service sector.

The Tanzanian Pulses Network (TPN) is a loose multi-stakeholder network hosted by the Eastern African Grain Council (EAGC). VECO East Africa is working with TPN to improve performance in the sector and hired Aidenvironment to conduct a sector diagnostic to identify the needs and opportunities for and constraints on sector governance. In May this year, TPN, VECO East Africa and Aidenvironment jointly conducted a two week field visit to interview supply chain actors, producers, public sector representatives, researchers, and service providers. The methods used were based on previous work by Aidenvironment with IIED, Sustainable Food Lab, and New Foresight.

The key findings of the diagnostic and strategic recommendations have been validated by TPN members in a strategy workshop in July. The workshop has identified some clear next steps for TPN toward implementing the priority strategic options for improved sector governance.

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For more information, please contact Jan Willem Molenaar.