How to Boost Agro-processing while Facing Climate Change: Views on the NDC and the Way Forward.

    Overview of Tanzania’s NDC

    Agriculture in Tanzania contributes to 25 percent of the GDP, 24 percent of exports and employs nearly 75 – 80 percent of Tanzanians (ESRF, 2016). However, Tanzania like other countries in the EAC region is facing climate change and its associated effects on the country’s agro-industry. Tanzania has already experienced negative impacts of climate change and the extreme weather conditions, which resulted in major economic losses in the agriculture sector. Several literatures show that by 2030 the net economic cost for addressing climate change effects could be 1 to 2 percent of the GDP per year.

    Taking the measures to address effects of climatic change, the country has adopted several policies, legislations, strategies, plans and programs which include the National Communications (2003 and 2015), the National Adaptation Program of Action (2007), Natural Gas Policy (2013); the Zanzibar Environmental Policy (2014), the Renewable Energy Strategy (2014), the Natural Gas Act (2015), the National Forestry Policy 2 (1998), the National Transport Master Plan (2013), the National Environmental Policy (1997), the Zanzibar Environmental Policy (2013), the National Environmental Action Plan (2012 – 2017), the National REDD+ Strategy and Action Plan (2013) and

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