Tanzania intensifies efforts to modernize agriculture to fight poverty

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Jakaya Kikwete

Tanzania has been intensifying actions to transform and modernize its agriculture in order to fight poverty and improve food security.

That's what Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete told the United Nations General Assembly as it continued its general debate on Friday.

President Kikwete said his country has made significant progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals set by world leaders in the year 2000 to improve people's lives by 2015.

According to President Kikwete, Tanzania has already achieved the targets in four of the eight Millennium Development Goals known as MDGs well before the set deadline of 2015.

But, the Tanzanian leader added, the East African country is lagging far behind in achieving MDG 1 to eradicate extreme poverty by 2015.

"However, we have been intensifying actions to transform and modernise our agriculture. Our aim is to increase productivity and farmers’ incomes as ensure food and nutrition security for themselves and the nation. Agriculture employs 75 percent of the Tanzania population and this is where the majority of poor are concentrated. So in this case, therefore, improved agriculture means less poor and hungry people. Plans are also underway to expand the conditional cash transfer programme under the Tanzania Social Action Fund supported by the World Bank."

President Kikwete said Tanzania also wants to increase the size of investment to benefit more vulnerable people in order to accelerate the implementation of Millennium Development Goal 1 to eradicate extreme poverty.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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