June 30, 2021
On June 30, the AgResults Tanzania Dairy Productivity Challenge Project held a prize event to recognize the achievements of input suppliers over the competition’s first sales period to deliver productivity-increasing inputs to smallholder farmers. Since 2020, the project has tackled issues of low dairy productivity and limited access to inputs, providing monetary prizes for businesses that deliver a variety of input ‘bundles’ and advisory services to farmers.
Held in Dar es Salaam, the Sales Period 1 Prize Ceremony brought together government representatives, development partners, and private sector stakeholders to recognize the project’s accomplishments over the first year and reflect on its potential to strengthen the dairy sector. The event featured a range of perspectives, from donors to Project Manager Land O’Lakes Venture37 to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries – culminating in the announcement of prizes.
The event began with welcoming remarks from Land O’Lakes Venture37 Team Leader Neema Mrema, who provided an overview of the project and its significance in Tanzania.
“On behalf of the AgResults initiative and the Project Manager Land O’Lakes Venture37, it gives me immense pleasure to host this event and to recognize the achievements of the six input businesses,” said Ms. Mrema. “It is important to showcase the commitment that these competitors have demonstrated over the last nine months to ensure smallholder farmers are well-served with quality dairy inputs and, just as importantly, with advisory services.”
Following this, Rodrigo Ortiz from the AgResults Secretariat spoke to how the Tanzania project fits into the broader goals and approach of the initiative.
“AgResults incentivizes the private sector to overcome market barriers and develop innovative solutions to food security, nutrition, health, and livestock productivity challenges,” Mr. Ortiz said. “We are very pleased with the competitors’ participation and achievements as they invested time and resources to try out new methods of reaching farmers and packaging critical inputs together, along with important technical assistance.”
USAID/Tanzania Mission Director Andrew Karas spoke next, reflecting on the benefits of testing Pay-for-Results prize competitions as a development approach to drive market systems development and strengthen relationships among value chain actors.
“The first Sales Period has already shown the potential of this competition to improve the lives of smallholder dairy farmers,” said Mr. Karas. “The donor community is very excited to see what the competition achieves over its four years as it continues to use Pay-for-Results prizes to encourage growth and collaboration along the dairy value chain.”
Professor Elisante Ole Gabriel, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, spoke as the Guest of Honor, recognizing the significance of the prize competition to shape Tanzania’s market growth and benefit its farmers.
“There is no doubt that during its initial year of implementation, this project has shown remarkable results,” said Professor Gabriel. “It is our ultimate hope that it will be scaled to other geographies in Tanzania. These results give us confidence that through private public partnerships, we can solve related issues such as extension service delivery and the supply of high-quality inputs for smallholder farmers.”
After these speeches, it was time to present the prizes, during which four competitors out of the six participants were recognized for their sales of input bundles to smallholder farmers from July 2020 – April 2021. The four winners — Kile Agrovet, Damian Agrovet, Vetfarm, and Agricare — engaged 2,776 smallholder farmers and delivered 4,858 input bundles, winning a total of $27,000.
"Thanks to the competitors for trusting the project and delivering inputs and advisory services to smallholder farmers in both urban and rural areas," said Dr. Sophia Mlote, who represented the AgResults Technical Advisory Committee.
The competitors also reflected enthusiasm for the project's first year and the impact it was already having on their approach to input delivery and advisory services.
"We are appreciative of the donor community to incentivize us," said Dr. Emmanuel Swai from Vetfarm. "The award received will be used to increase investment and increase market share with a focus on those in remote areas."
Ms. Mrema accurately captured the excitement and energy that was felt during the entire event.
“Your participation gives us an incredibly positive sign that we are collectively working together towards transformation of the dairy sector,” she said.
The Tanzania Dairy Productivity Challenge Project is part of AgResults, a $152 million collaborative initiative between the governments of Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Bank Group that uses prize competition to incentivize the private sector to overcome market barriers and create lasting change. Under AgResults’ Pay-for-Results model, these competitions encourage actors to achieve predetermined results thresholds and quality for monetary prizes.