Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A Tale of Two 'JKs' and the Failing of Agriculture

“It is sad that I have failed to change and make the agricultural sector grow and hence many people have continued to be poor...Most people rely on the agriculture sector but it has neither grown at the required pace nor has it been given the required priority” - Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete  @

“There are things that I would have done more firmly or not at all. For example, I would not nationalize the sisal plantations. This was a mistake. I did not realize how difficult it would be for the state to manage agriculture. Agriculture is difficult to socialize. I tried to tell my government that what was traditionally the family's in the village social organization should be left with the family, while what was new could be communalized at the village level. The land issue and family holdings were very sensitive. I saw this intellectually but it was hard to translate it into policy implementation” - Julius Kambarage Nyerere @


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