Informing Decision-Making In and Around SAGCOT
The Sustainable Intensification Working Group will identify data gaps, define critical geographies within SAGCOT, identify key targets for products and disseminate products within targeted institutions and audiences. The group will conduct modeling and scenario analysis; it will also carry out cost/benefit analyses and landscape planning. The group will ensure that the analysis and advice generated is credible and properly framed for its target audiences within Tanzania and for other public and private sector institutions within and beyond the country.
Working Group products will inform decision-making within public and private institutions relevant to SAGCOT, which will promote scientifically grounded discussions in and around the corridor. The Working Group will generate a series of maps, analyses and briefing documents aimed at the following audiences:
- National policy-makers in planning and agriculture ministries in Tanzania, with potential additional governmental audiences in Zambia, Kenya, and Mozambique interested in the corridor concept and who regard SAGCOT as a potential model.
- Civil society groups within the SAGCOT corridor, especially in the areas where intensification is economically viable but where there is also high risk for unsustainable practices and damage to ecosystem services.
- Potential investors in the corridor, from both the public and private sectors.
- Scientific and technical institutions with an interest in development and environmental issues in development corridors
In October 2016, the Working Group submitted their final report, Encouraging Green Agricultural Development in the SAGCOT Region of Tanzania: Research Findings and Related Decision Support Tools, to the SAGCOT Centre. The report delivers analysis and tools in the three key areas to support green agricultural development:
- Land Use:
Report provides an analysis of agricultural opportunities and constraints at the landscape and regional scale. The working group identified soil acidity as a constraint that can be overcome and where a better working understanding would benefit both smallholder and large-scale farms.
- Water Use:
Working group analysis focused on filling major knowledge gaps related to water resources in southern Tanzania. They provide important baseline information on sedimentation of water supplies and water flows, and how sedimentation and water flows are and will be affected by land cover change and predictions of climate change. The working group used gauge data, satellite data, and other biophysical information to model erosion, sedimentation, and flow throughout the study area.
- Investor Guidelines:
In recognition that SAGCOT partners needed a standardized way to screen the green growth commitments of potential investors, the Working Group developed a Environmental and Social Performance Investment Screen. This screen will ensure that (1) environmental sustainability, social responsibility, food security, and inclusive economic growth goals and expectations are communicated efficiently, and (2) these elements are integrated early into project design and implementation, minimizing down the road surprises.
Download the final report.
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