TANZANIA AGRICULTURAL JOURNALISTS’ FORUM
“Journalists transforming Tanzania agriculture”
TAJF is a Non-Profit Making Organization (NGO) formed on July 1, 2014,
with members from all Tanzania regions including Zanzibar. Currently,
the forum has more than 60 members actively working on agriculture and
other related sectors.
TAJF was formed as a result of several challenges facing agricultural
industry in Tanzania inter alia crops and animals farming, beekeeping,
fisheries, forestry and wildlife.
Vision A productive agricultural system making significant contributions in livehood improvement
Mission To enhance information sharing and awareness on agricultural practices that will
raise understanding and contribute to building an enabling environment for informed and timely decision-making among stakeholders.
The main objectives of TAJF are: i. enhance understanding of agricultural practices and opportunities for increased productivity;
ii. Corroborate with interested parties to promoting agriculture in Tanzania
iii. Promote agricultural science and technologies application in the country
iv. contribute to informing policy decision making processes on matters of agricultural through provision of evidence-based information;
v. Strengthening communication capacities of individuals interested in agricultural development in Tanzania.
vi. Ensure fair coverage of marginalized agricultural issues and stakeholders in Tanzania
Tanzania is still faced with poverty and about 30% of its population of 45
million people lives in poverty, subsisting on less than US $ 2 a day,
suffering from hunger, malnutrition and diseases. Tanzanian agriculture
continues to be a fundamental instrument for sustainable development and
poverty reduction. It contributes immensely to the Tanzanian economy
through provision of about 95 percent of the food requirements, a major
source of employment engaging about 75 percent of the population, generates
30 percent of foreign exchange earnings and provides 24.1 percent of the GDP (National Agricultural Policy, 2013).
Despite its importance, the agricultural sector in Tanzania has been growing at
an average of 4.4 percent over the past decade compared the National
Poverty Reduction Strategy (NPRS) target of 8 percent, which is
necessary for the transformation of the economy from a least developed
country to a middle income country as stipulated in the Tanzania Development
Vision 2025. Tanzania has the potential to meet her own food security needs and to produce
surplus for export and industrial use. However average yields for major
food crops such as maize, rice and sorghum, stands at about 1.2 tons
per hectare, compared to 4.9 tons for China and 9-10 tons for the USA. The low productivity is caused mainly by low use of improved farm inputs
such as quality seeds, fertilizers, chemicals and pesticides; inadequate credit facilities to obtain necessary productivity-enhancing inputs;
inadequate knowledge and skills; and low use of labour saving technologies. Other factors include small size of farms, inadequate water resources,
increased incidences of biotic and abiotic stresses as a result of climate
change, poor rural infrastructure, inadequate technological base and poor marketing systems. To enhance land and labour productivity, farmers must adopt technologies such as improved crop varieties resistant to pests and diseases and tolerant to
drought, as well as other agricultural best management practices such as use of irrigation, fertilizers and weed control. This can only be possible if
stakeholders are updated, informed and engaged, TAJF was established to facilitate this.
Tanzania Agricultural Journalists’ Forum (TAJF)
Commission for science and Technology (COSTECH)
Kinondoni, Dar es Salaam
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