30 April 2015. The Tanzanian government and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) have signed a new agreement that will see Tanzanian small-holder farmers benefit from initiatives geared towards making their farming more profitable. The agreement was signed by the Permanent Secretary (PS), Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Ms Sophia Kaduma and AGRA President, Dr Agnes Kalibata.
- The agreement formalises the working relationship between Tanzania and AGRA and outlines how the ongoing initiatives will be scaled up.
- A second agreement was also signed on implementation of Micro reforms for African Agribusiness (MIRA) project. In the past few months, the new storage technologies introduced by AGRA and the Rockefeller Foundation to farmers in Ruvuma, Mbeya, Njombe areas have made a huge difference in preventing grain loss worth billions of Shillings for hundreds of thousands of farmers. These technologies ensure that insect pests do not get a chance to destroy stored maize. They have included hermetic bags, metal silos and cocoons.