Call for the creation of the national organic farming policy

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday in Dar es Salaam, the director general of the Tanzanian Organic Agriculture Movement (TOAM), Bakari Monyo, said the lack of a coherent food policy covering all escorts is undermining agricultural production in the country. .

“The food we eat and the food systems we benefit from are shaped by a variety of distinct policy frameworks like agriculture, land, health, environmental protection, among others. In the event of low productivity, no one can be held responsible, ”he said.

Bakari said the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) and other partners in 24 African countries, including Tanzania, have undertaken a collaborative research process to identify the tools needed to deliver sustainable food systems in Africa. .

Bakari noted that the study revealed a number of social, economic and ecological shocks to food systems that require an enabling and resilient policy environment.

He noted that the shocks include climate change, which affects crops, fisheries and animal production in multiple ways and environmental degradation.

“There have also been effects of Covid-19 on food systems and food security, income and purchasing power of all actors,” he said.

In Tanzania, the study examined food systems, legal and policy frameworks. The study found that there are potential synergies that can be harnessed to improve the food system.

Bakari noted that the 2013 National Agricultural Policy and the National Livestock Policy have areas of organic agriculture and advocate minimal or no use of industrial chemicals such as fertilizers, pesticides and drugs.

“There are a number of policy areas where unity exists, but in some cases disunity in policies has also been observed. For example, the issue of seasonal movements of herds of cattle and pastoralists runs counter to national land policy where nomadism should be banned but movements of cattle authorized by regulations probably on their way to markets ” , he noted.

For his part, the coordinator of the Tanzania Alliance for Biodiversity (TABIO), Abdallah Mkindi, said the country has a national food and nutrition policy but does not fully address organic farming.

“We need a comprehensive and successful organic farming policy that will ensure not only food security, but also food security,” he said.

TABIO Advocacy Officer Paul Chilewa, however, said that according to the Sustainable Development Goals, no one should be left behind when it comes to food and health security.

“It is quite unfortunate that our policies to a large extent support bulk production without necessarily taking into account the harmful effects of pesticides, fertilizers and other inputs,” he said.

He noted that based on available weather conditions, Tanzania has a comparative advantage in organic farming relying only on alternative farming methods such as crop rotation, mechanical cultivation; use of animal and green manure.

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