Date: Thursday Jul 02, 2020

    Organiser: Ministry of Agriculture and ESRF

    Place: Dodoma

    In a bid to impact efficiency in an aspect of implementing the Agricultural Sector Development Strategy Phase Two (ASDP 2), the Government of Tanzania through the Ministry of Agriculture in partnership with the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) have developed five online platforms to assist timely agricultural services delivery.

    This goes in line with the Agricultural Sector Development Strategy Phase Two (ASDP 2) objective of reforming the agricultural sector by increasing the sector's contribution to GDP as well as improving the livelihoods of small-scale farmers by increasing productivity and profits in agricultural pursuits.

    The five online platforms include; Agriculture E - dashboard, Mobile Kilimo (Mkilimo), Warehouse Receipt Regulatory Board system, Farmers Registration System (FRS) registers and Agriculture sector stakeholders’ system.

    Agriculture Electronic Dashboard provides timely, actionable, and science-driven agricultural information, is capable of managing official data originating from a variety of national and external sources. Regardless of the origin and structure of the data, the system will be able to display these official data through a dashboard that generate charts, tables and maps which display relevant agricultural information.

    Mobile Kilimo (MKilimo) aims at assisting farmers, livestock keepers and fishermen access their crop markets through their mobile phones. The platform enables them to reach the markets and especially the buyers of their products without the hassle of transporting the products to the market.

    Through Mkilimo platform, farmers, livestock keepers and fishermen are able to provide crop information, crop prices and their location so that buyers can reach them more easily. This opens and connects more retailers and consumers in the country and reduce the cost of access to agricultural products.

    Another online platform is the Warehouse Regulatory Board system, which will be used by the Warehouse Receipt Regulatory Board for Warehouse registration, warehouse operation licensing and warehouse inspection online.

    The fifth platform is the Farmers Registration System (FRS) registers and stores information of farmers in the country through their respective crop (frs. By April, 2020 a total of 1,275,220 farmers (88.1%) in the eight major commodities namely cashew nuts, cotton, coffee, tea, cassava, pearls, tobacco and sugar were registered through the system.

    The system facilitates the provision of various services to farmers including - extension services and marketing information, preparation as well as distribution of inputs.

    Last updated on 2020-07-17

ESRFs activities are supported by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC)