Guest Post: Farmer’s Day Exhibitions Invite Innovation For Food Production In Tanzania

Maureen Langlois Wells to Wellness

Happy Nane Nane Day

Poultry exhibition in the Eastern Zone for the Nane Nane fair, Morogoro region

In Tanzania, Nane Nane Day is celebrated on August 8 with a week-long fair to recognize the important contribution of farmers to the national Tanzanian economy. Nane Nane (8/8) means “eight eight” in Swahili. This year’s (2017) Nane Nane theme is “Zalisha kwa tija mazao na bidhaa za Kilimo, Mifugo na Uvuvi ili kufikia uchumi wa kati,” meaning “Increase productivity of produce and products of agriculture, livestock and fishing to reach the middle economy.” The national agricultural exhibition this year is celebrated in the Lindi region, but there are also regional Nane Nane shows held based on the major agro-ecological zones (Arusha for Northern Zone, Morogoro for Eastern Zone, Mwanza for Lake Zone, Mbeya for Highlands, Lindi, Mtwara or Ruvuma for Southern Zone, Tabora for Western Zone, and Dodoma for Central Zone).

Move Over, Farm Science Review

Fresh sweetpotato vine with sorghum field at the end in exhibition in the Eastern Zone for the Nane Nane fair, Morogoro region

In the Nane Nane Agricultural Exhibitions, farmers and other agricultural stakeholders such as universities, research institutes and input suppliers showcase new technologies, ideas, discoveries and alternative solutions concerning the agricultural sector. This is a great opportunity for participants and visitors to unveil the inventions, innovations and progress in sustainable farming including production practices deployed in agriculture, livestock and fishing sectors. Stakeholders also realize the contribution of Tanzanian farmers, here referred to in these three sectors, to growth and development of the country’s economy. Participants also get opportunity to promote their businesses, get acquainted with new technological advancements and broaden their networks.

About the Author

Bahati Hakimu is Regulatory Services Officer for the Sugar Board of Tanzania and visited Ohio State as a Mandela Washington Fellow in 2016. Mr. Hakimu also serves on the Global Water Institute’s External Advisory Board.