Political economy of agricultural input subsidies in Tanzania: Who benefitted from the National Input Voucher Scheme?
May 13, 2021

This blog explores the programmes implemented in Tanzania to promote rice commercialisation since the country’s independence in 1961, as found in the course of a recent APRA study for Working Paper 57, as well as their impact on different socio-economic groups. Specifically, this blog is about agricultural input subsidy programmes implemented since 1967 to support smallholder farmers as part of the ujamaa (“socialism”) model of economic development. It focuses on the National Input Voucher Scheme (NAIVS), the biggest agricultural input subsidy programme implemented in Tanzania.


APRA showcase COVID-19 research at key conference in Tanzania
December 10, 2020

Following APRA Tanzania’s recent report on the Impact of COVID-19 on Food Systems and Rural Livelihoods in Tanzania in October, the team has presented further evidence of the effects of COVID-19 on agricultural value chains in Africa. Researchers Aida Isinika, Ntengua Mdoe, Gideon Boniface, Gilead Mlay, Devotha Kilave, Christopher Magomba and John Jeckoniah attended the… Read more »


For more detailed information about our research in Tanzania, download our country brochure. APRA is working in Tanzania to conduct quantitative and qualitative research to: 

  • Analyse the effects of different forms of rice commercialisation on poverty, food and nutrition security, and women’s empowerment in the Kilombero valley of Tanzania;
  • commercialisation have evolved over time to assess the dynamics of agrarian change, and how these have influenced the livelihood opportunities and outcomes for rural men and women in Singida, Tanzania;
  • Explore the different pathways young people use to establish themselves in farming or associated economic activities in areas where agriculture is already highly commercialised;
  • commercialisation pathways and rural livelihoods, looking at what the impacts have been – and for whom.

Contact Person: Hannington Odame | hsodame@gmail.com