Background of AMDT
Tanzania's economy is driven by agriculture. Eighty percent of Tanzania's poor live in rural areas. Despite agriculture being the backbone of the economy, per capita agricultural production is amongst the lowest in the world. Tanzania's National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (Mkukuta II) recognises the potential of agriculture and calls for transformation of the sector. The national policy, Kilimo Kwanza, defines the approach, policy instruments and strategic interventions. It aims to increase production and add value to products locally, to create more employment and substantially reduce poverty.
Objectives of AMDT
The Agriculture Markets Development Trust (AMDT) works so that the incomes and employment opportunities of poor women, men and young people are increased in agricultural Value Chains in Tanzania. It aims to achieve this through two key outcomes
Making Markets Work for the Poor/Market Systems Development
The AMDT adopts a making markets work for the poor/Market Systems Development (M4P/MSD) approach. This approach guides the assessment of market systems and future planning and actions that bring about change. The M4P/MSD approach ensures that sub sector and value chain analysis and development focus on poor women and men within market systems, so as to promote and ensure pro-poor, inclusive development. M4P/MSD provides a means through which agencies and governments encourage business activity that is both profitable for individual firms and more inclusive of the poor.