Ben Wisner from the Aon-Benfield Hazard Research Centre, University College London, gave a presentation on this topic at a BTS/SOAS seminar on 30 January 2014. Here are some notes based on the discussion.
Martin Walsh’s notes from a seminar on “Tanzania’s Agro-Pastoralist headache”
Date : 13 March 2013
This event, sponsored by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tanzania, included presentations on gas in Southern Tanzania and offshore by Rob McCann of BG Group and Roger Nellist, and on transparency in contracts for extractive industries by Graham Gordon and the Tanzanian High Commissioner in London, Peter Kallaghe.
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.
On Thursday 6 December 2012 BTS and SOAS organised a seminar on Democracy and the media in Tanzania. The presentation by Ben Taylor is available on his blog and we also have a short report of the seminar.
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.
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.
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.
Date : 22 May 2012
This was a joint event with the All Party Parliamentary Group, at which the speakers were Bill Cash MP, Sir Andy Chande, Frederick Longino and Michael Jennings. A report on this is here.
Date : 15 March 2012