About PAG & AAPC

The Annual Agricultural Policy Conference (AAPC) is organized by the Policy Analysis Group (PAG) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture. The PAG is an informal (community of practice) and voluntary group that consists of members working on agricultural policy projects, initiatives, academia, and local and international policy think tanks. Established in 2013, the group has 27 members and provides a platform for sharing information on policy research findings so as to enhance coordination, collaboration, and synergy. The PAG also aims to ensure consistency in policy messaging.

The AAPC brings together over 150 participants from academia, research institutions, policy-makers, advocacy groups, and development practitioners from Tanzania, in the region and beyond. The Conference provides an opportunity to assess progress in implementing policy reforms under the CAADP framework of the New Alliance on Food Security and Nutrition. In addition, the conference discusses successes and lessons learned in the agricultural sector and identifies remaining gaps, how to increase competitiveness within the alliances, and emerging issues that require attention.

ASPIRES Tanzania serves as the secretariat of PAG. 


COVID 19 and its effect on value chains and agricultural competitiveness

The 7th AAPC will also feature a session  to share data and analysis from various members. The  rationale for the session is to enable agriculture stakeholders to specify what targeted interventions and approaches should be taken to increase market competitiveness and  access to capital in light of the global recession.

Also the analysis will enable further structured support towards value chains that proved to be successful during the COVID era such as spices, cereals and horticultural value chains.

The Approach

As the AAPC is gradually turning into a regional and international platform, this upcoming conference  will mark the  launch of a digital AAPC program platform. The conference will be in a blended format and will constitute about 100 on the ground participants possibly at the Treasury Square with others joining virtually. The conference will still be in the “Davos” style in which thematic papers will be presented followed by a panel discussion before opening the session to the floor for questions and answers. All Meetings will take place in facilities that can aid virtual meetings.  The technology used will  have the  output in high resolution format and the AAPC task force will work with virtual communication  professionals with experience in managing virtual meetings and will form their own technical committee so as to build in-house capacity.

The blended format will also motivate buy-in from the donor community.  Best practices from AGRA’s AGRF and also tools from the AGRF will be effected to ensure that 7th AAPC is a success.