In August 2001, The Government of Tanzania (GoT) approved the Agricultural Sector Development Strategy (ASDS) which envisages an agricultural sector that, by 2025, is modernized, commercial, highly productive and profitable, and utilizes natural resources in a sustainable manner. The ASDS has identified five strategic issues:
- Strengthening the institutional framework.
- Creating a favorable environment for commercial activities.
- Clarifying public and private sector roles in improving support services.
- Strengthening marketing efficiency for inputs and outputs, and
- Mainstreaming planning for agricultural development in other sectors.
The GoT with financial assistance from the World Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and other bilateral donors is planning to implement the Agricultural Sector Development Program (ASDP), to serve as the overall framework and operational process for implementing the ASDS. The ASDP also provides GoT, especially the four ASLM’s1 with a sector-wide framework for overseeing the institutional reforms and investment priorities.