Addressing domestic support measures in the WTO negotiations: stakeholders' perspectives in Tanzania.

    The agriculture sector in Tanzania plays a major role in poverty reduction, with more than 75 per cent of Tanzanians actively involved in the sector. The sector contribution in economic growth and development of the country has continued to increase from 28.8 per cent contribution to GDP in 2014 to 29 percent in 2015, with only 24 per cent of the arable land in Tanzania being used for cultivation (ASDS 2, 2015). Deloitte (2016) asserts that the sector is the largest employer in the country compared to other sector as it absorbs about 65.5 percent of Tanzanians in favorable seasons and covers more than 100 percent of the domestic food needs. However, the country is well endowed with high potential base and rich in natural resources for agricultural development. Speaking with Mr. Moses Ngereza from Tourism Council of Tanzania, he emphasized that:

    Agriculture is the main tool to tackle poverty, improve the livelihood in rural areas, develop eco-tourism, and achieve economic security of the country.

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