Tanzania National Policy-Makers Meeting Kunduchi, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – November 2011
Historical Timeline results 2
Historical Timeline Reflection 3
Event Prioritisation 4
Policy Cycle Analysis 5
Poverty Eradication through Aquaculture:
How to address food security issues and poverty requires solutions today. For the first time in Tanzania, this research project combined knowledge from local stakeholders, private enterprise, policy-makers, researchers, practitioners and social/economic scientists to promote best practice in community-led aquaculture development.
Local communities were interviewed to understand social and economic drivers that explained people’s way of life. Their willingness to consider aquaculture as an alternative or supplementary livelihood was measured.
To better understand what is needed to allow aquaculture to fulfil its potential as an income generating opportunity a policy cycle analysis was undertaken and is explained herein.
National Policy Makers Meeting
A national meeting led by Newcastle University and University of Dar es Salaam brought main policy-makers together to determine what is needed to support aquaculture development in Tanzania.
The purpose of the meeting was to identify past and future events as a way to understand how Tanzania went from dependence on different activities like fishing with a view to planning on how growing sectors like tourism can be better managed so that local communities can benefit.
A policy cycle analysis to identify who is involved in management and policy development.
The results are presented and it is hoped they will facilitate advice on priority actions to promote sustainable livelihoods.
The below timeline helped policy makers better understand Tanzania’s history and changes that have occurred in relation to aquaculture as an aid to help predict future developments.
Historical Timeline Reflection On completion of the timeline participants were asked to review the historical timeline and agree on major or key events which were considered turning points or times of significant developments within Tanzania, particularly in relation to aquaculture. Seven key events and developments were identified and summarised by Prof. Mgaya, University of Dar es Salaam:
Priority Actions for Aquaculture Participants were able to address the following question:
What priority actions do you recommend to advance Aquaculture Development in Tanzania? The list below provides an overview of all responses given.
“A new Aquaculture Policy and Act”
“Human resource capacity building”
“Aquaculture extension services / officers”
“Hatchery services and appropriate hatchery technology “
“Research on the right species and the right market”
“Provision of aquaculture technology”
“Awareness raising through pilot/demonstration farms and media”
“More private sector involvement”
“Government popular support and commitment”
“Financial support for aquaculture development”
Participants were asked to prioritise key developments on the historical timeline by placing positive or negative arrows as small dots on each event. These highlighted perceived significant impacts on major developments In Tanzania’s history.
Negative perceptions included aquaculture being considered under agriculture and a lack of coordination of environmental issues particularly in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The largest positive events were advances in mariculture zoning in the 2000s and establishment of the MPRU and MPAs in the 1990s. Into the future, the most positive action identified as deserving more effort as a way to help the aquaculture sector grow was introducing enabling mechanisms for aquaculture to significantly contribute to future exports from Tanzania.
Positive Valuations (n) Negative Valuations (n) 2030s 2020s 2010s 2000s 1990s 1980s 1970s 1960s
Policy Cycle Analysis – Which actors are involved in policy?
The policy cycle analysis gave participants an opportunity to explore which organisations are involved in aquaculture policy formation, management, research and development in Tanzania. Participants identified all public and private bodies involved in formal and informal structures governing aquaculture. Explanations of the different stages of the policy cycle are explained directly underneath the groups identified below:
Key to different stages of the policy cycle analysis:
Data and Information
Research and assessment, including social, environmental and economic at all scales
Analysis and Advice
Analyses that can lead to advice that is useable by decision makers, such as local groups and national committees
International and national organisations with a mandate to review advice and make decisions, such as government and NGOs
Primarily national and local agencies with a mandate to put decisions into action, e.g. capacity building, new legislation or direct enforcement
Review and Evaluation
Similar bodies to those that are responsible for analysis and advice and that often oversee the policy cycle.
Participants: Prof. Yunus D Mgaya, University of Dar es Salaam, TZ
Prof. Selina Stead, Newcastle University, UK
Jairos Mahenge, Tanzania Coastal Management Partnership (TCMP), Bagomoyo, TZ
Sandey Nundwe, Former TCMP – Freelance Aquaculture Advisory, Dar es Salaam, TZ
Ritha Mali, Ministry of Livestock Development and Fisheries, Dar es Salaam, TZ
Mr. Jeremiah Daffa, Tanzania Coastal Management Partnership, Dar es Salaam, TZ
Mr. Abdillahi I. Chande, Marine Parks and Reserves Unit, Dar es Salaam, TZ
Dr. Charles Byarugaba, Ministry of Livestock Development and Fisheries, Dar es Salaam, TZ