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G8: New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Tanzania

Camp David:  Three years after the G8 Summit at L’Aquila, Italy, the international community recognizes the importance of food security to development, inclusive economic growth and the dignity of all women and men. In that spirit, we welcome the success of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) in demonstrating African ownership and leadership, its call for expanded public and private investment in agriculture and desire to build on the progress that African governments have made in advancing a vision for agricultural development in Africa.

Tanzania is a showcase for public-private partnership in agricultural growth, exemplified by the development of its Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor (SAGCOT). This strategic donors and the private sector. Together, the Government of Tanzania and the G8 members commit to the “New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition” and to working together to generate greater private investment in agricultural development, scale innovation, achieve sustainable food security outcomes, reduce poverty and end hunger.

  • As partners, we commit ourselves to the following principles and actions:

Support of CAADP Country Compacts

The G8 members, consistent with commitments made at L’Aquila, reaffirm their intention to align their agricultural financial and technical support with the priorities of the CAADP National Investment Plan for Agriculture and Food Security (referred to in Tanzania as the Tanzania Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plan or TAFSIP), in such a manner as to accelerate implementation of the TAFSIP and in conjunction with commitments made by the Government of Tanzania. Consistent with the foregoing, the G8 members recognize the value of predictability of donor activities including financial and technical support over a sustained period of time, as set out in Annex 2.

The G8 members intend to provide support within the agriculture sector to accelerate implementation of the TAFSIP, including through the Grow Africa platform, with the overall goal of facilitating increases in private investment and scaling innovation. The G8 members intend to engage the relevant agencies of their member governments and also to bring to bear appropriate enabling actions to accelerate progress in the areas of finance and markets, science and technology, and risk management. To address the underlying causes of food insecurity, the G8 members intend to focus key resources and other contributions on high-priority, high-impact investments within the TAFSIP and in particular on the development of the Government of Tanzania’s priority area of the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor.

Key Policy Commitments

The Government of Tanzania intends to pursue the policy goals set out below in order to build domestic and international private sector confidence to increase agricultural investment significantly, with the overall goal of reducing poverty and ending hunger.

The Government of Tanzania intends to focus its efforts, in particular, on increasing stability and transparency in trade policy; improving incentives for the private sector; developing and implementing a transparent land tenure policy; developing and implementing domestic seed policies that encourage increased private sector involvement in this area; and aligning the National Food and Nutrition Policy with the National Nutrition Strategy (see Annex 1).

The Government of Tanzania reaffirms its intention to provide the human and financial resources and the mechanisms for dialogue with the private sector, farmers and other stakeholders, and across government ministries that are required for the achievement of tangible and sustainable outcomes, the acceleration of Tanzania’s development, and the delivery of tangible benefits to smallholder farmers, including women.

The Government of Tanzania reaffirms its commitment to mainstream nutrition in all food security and agriculture-related programs.

Private Sector Engagement

Private sector representatives have communicated that they intend to invest in the agriculture sector in Tanzania in support of the CAADP National Investment Plan for Agriculture and Food Security (the TAFSIP), through Letters of Intent that they will prepare and execute, and intend to advise, shape, and participate in broad, inclusive and sustained private sector consultative mechanisms with the host government (see Annex 3).

Shared Responsibilities

The G8 members, the Government of Tanzania and the private sector, confirm their intention to take account of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (“the Voluntary Guidelines”) adopted by the Committee on World Food Security in May 2012, as well as the Principles of Responsible Agricultural Investment (PRAI) produced by several international organizations and endorsed by among others, the G8 and G20, which are undergoing a consultative process through the Committee on World Food Security on PRAI. In addition, they intend to work together specifically to develop pilot implementation programs for the Voluntary Guidelines and the PRAI in Tanzania.

Coordination and Collaboration

Recognizing existing arrangements for division of labor between the Government of Tanzania and the development partners, G8 members intend to coordinate their efforts with the aim of attaining greater effectiveness. The co-chair of the Tanzania agriculture sector working group (currently the Government of the United States of America) intends to serve as a lead interlocutor with the host country, private sector, and other stakeholders on behalf of the G8, working through existing in-country consultation groups and structures without setting up parallel or duplicative structures. The G8 and the Government of Tanzania welcome the participation of other countries and partners.

Results

Consistent with the New Alliance goal of improving food security and nutritional status by helping 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa emerge from poverty by 2022, the participants intend their combined actions in Tanzania to help 6.7 million people emerge from poverty.

Mutual Accountability

The G8 members, the Government of Tanzania, and the private sector intend to review their performance under this document through an annual review process to be conducted within the existing broader CAADP-donor Joint Sector Review of TAFSIP implementation. These participants intend, in particular, to review progress toward jointly determined objectives on the basis of jointly determined benchmarks in contributing to the fulfillment of Tanzania’s CAADP investment plan: (1) progress towards achieving the poverty reduction target; (2) G8 member commitments to align their agricultural investments to the Government of Tanzania’s TAFSIP; (3) Government of Tanzania progress in implementing its policy commitments and consulting with private-sector investors; and (4) the investment commitments of private-sector investors. The review will also take account of the shared responsibilities related to the Voluntary Guidelines and the PRAI.

  • Introduction to: G8 Cooperation Framework To Support the "New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition" in Tanzania.  Readers can access the 17 page document, here.  
  • Similar G8 cooperation frameworks, for Ghana and Ethiopia, can be accessed here.

 

Date: 
21 May 2012
Source:
The White House
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