A 2 day Tanzania dairy value chain impact pathways workshop was held on 7-8 May 2013 to communicate and validate the program’s intervention logic in the Tanzania dairy value chain, question and clarify the program’s potential to achieve impact in the Tanzania dairy value chain, and to develop an initial framework for program monitoring and evaluation/impact assessment.
Workshop participants were drawn from a wide range of stakeholders: program implementers in the value chain, various scientists involved in the dairy value chain, representatives of the Tanzania dairy regulatory board, farmer forums, implementing partner organizations, national agricultural research institutions, government and the private sector.
Among the biggest challenges of the Tanzania dairy value chain identified by participants were production related challenges such as subsistence production, low production resulting to low per capita consumption of milk, poor feeds and technology practices resulting to low outputs and the inability to access good practice information.
Amos Omore, the Tanzania dairy value chain country coordinator reminded participants that the present impact pathways workshop was building on previous efforts and aimed to ensure that all dairy value chain stakeholders were moving at the same pace and that they shared a common vision for the value chain.
Michael Kidoido who is leading the program’s impact pathways development process, introduced participants to the basic principles of impact pathways. He explained that in order to bring meaningful changes to the Tanzania dairy value chain two main challenges needed to be addressed: 1) how well the interventions will be delivered and 2) how beneficiaries will put the interventions to use. Thus development of well-articulated impact pathways would, ex-ante, effectively deal with these challenges.
Participants identified program performance indicators that would show that the program has succeeded after a number of years. Some of the indicators included: increase in milk production per herd/animal differentiated by breeds; increase in number of farmers accessing services (including women and youth); and percentage change in number of organized dairy marketing groups. Other cross cutting, feeds and feeding, breeding and animal health indicators were also identified. This information and other generated from the workshop discussion topics such value chain actor network analysis and actions needed to bring about the desired changes for the value chain vision to be realized will contribute to developing an initial framework for program monitoring and evaluation and guide the value in achieving the desired impact.