Neglected Tropical Diseases – February 2013

Date : 12 February 2013

This event, sponsored by a number of APPGs, discussed presentations ol the work being done in Tanzania to counter some of the lesser known diseases. Dr Moses Bokarie, Director of the Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, described the campaign against lymphatic filiarosis (elephantitis).  It was then very informative to hear from an anthropologist (Melissa Parker from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) who has looked at how people actually behave when given drugs – and the special difficulties which arise in persuading them to take preventative drugs when they have no symptoms of illness.

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Seminar – Feeding a Growing Population: The Essential Contribution of Agriculture in Tanzania – October 2012

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This was arranged in partnership with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tanzania.  Andrew Coulson summarised the debate between the proponents of large farms and those of small.  Monique Mikhail from Oxfam made the case that women are “female food heros”. Daniel Hulls, of AdDevCo, explained the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania, which will be anchored around very large farms, but also relate to and provide access to markets for large numbers of small farmers. Professor Andrew Westby of Greenwich University spoke about the need to think of whole value chains: transport, storage, processing and manufacturing and not just production, and his special interest, cassava.

We have a short report on a seminar on agriculture from October 2012, together with copies of two powerpoint presentations (these are quite big!) on cassava and on Oxfam’s work on agriculture and a (pdf) presentation on the work of Ag DevCo.

Tourism to Tanzania: Making a Success of It – October 2012

Date : 12 October 2012

This was an all-day event held in Redditch near Birmingham, in partnership with the Redditch Mtwara Link. Speakers included Yusuf Kashangwa from the Tanzania Trade Centre, Nigel Vere Nicoll from the African Travel and Tourism Association, Mark Watson of Tourism Concern, Catherine Brennan who had used a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for local projects, and others from local schools and churches which have maintained links with Tanzania – not least the Redditch link with Mtwara which continues strong after more than 30 years.

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Celebrations of Tanzania’s 50 years of Independence – September 2012

Date : 25 September  2012

This was organised by the Britain Tanzania Society and Tanzania Development Trust, and held at the Royal Commonwealth Club, London.  A paper, Tanzania: The Gateway to East African Community Common Market by Dr. Diodorus Buberwa Kamala Former Minister of East African Cooperation, and Tanzania Ambassador to Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the European Union at– United Kingdom was presented and is available here.

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