Landell Mills wins GIZ contract to improve water resource management in Afghanistan

Landell Mills has recently won a four-year GIZ contract funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. We are implementing Component 1: Strengthening the Planning and Management Capacity of the River Basin Agencies, which forms part of the GIZ Water Supply Improvement Programme (WSIP) Afghanistan.

The Afghan population face a lack of accessible safe drinking water, sanitation and sewerage infrastructure, which causes pollution and leads to water-borne diseases. Under this contract, Landell Mills will be helping River Basin Agencies monitor and plan water investments and manage water resources in a coordinated manner while addressing the needs of different water users. River Basin Agencies are decentralised entities who develop a river basin management strategy and a water allocation or distribution plan. They also make the rules about the allocation of the water and regulate the use of water within the basin.

WSIP has been providing assistance to the Afghan water sector since 2008 to improve the water supply, sanitation and sustainable protection of water resources, particularly for the urban poor. In addition, the project seeks to balance the need to provide drinking water with water requirements for industry, hydroelectricity and agriculture.

Landell Mills and Schlumberger train project and government staff in groundwater management in Afghanistan

Landell Mills organised a recent training and water features tour in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The team from the Kabul Managed Aquifer Recharge Project and 15 government staff from the Afghanistan Ministry of Energy and Water and other government agencies attended. The training enhanced participants’ knowledge of groundwater as an important part of water supply.


The training was delivered from 22nd to 31st July by three members of staff from Schlumberger who are specialists in delivering world-leading technology in water services. Participants learned about groundwater studies, surveys and management. In addition, the firm shared its expertise in using groundwater telemetry equipment which measures water levels by collecting data that can then be visualised on a computer.

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The water features tour took participants to the Nurek hydro power plant dam, which is the second tallest dam in the world, and included studies of hydrogeology, field exercises, software analysis and equipment configuration.

The project team and government staff will apply the knowledge and resources from the training to the Kabul Managed Aquifer Recharge Project which is investigating various methods to improve groundwater levels and quality in Kabul, one of the most water-stressed cities in the world.

Find out more about KMARP here:

Drilling begins for the new monitoring network to analyse groundwater levels in Kabul
Landell Mills shares knowledge of international urban water management at national meeting of Irrigation and Water Forum and British Hydrological Society
World Water Day Conference casts a spotlight on the Kabul Managed Aquifer Recharge Project

Landell Mills is participating in the contract ‘Preparatory Analysis and Investment Packaging of Government of Ghana’s Industrial Development Strategy’

Landell Mills is pleased to announce our participation on the contract ‘Preparatory Analysis and Investment Packaging of Government of Ghana’s Industrial Development Strategy’, behind our lead partner IMC Worldwide. The assignment’s objective is to assist the Government of Ghana in identifying anchor investment sectors and support transformation, support required skills development of these initiatives to maximise job creation as well as ensure domestic industry linkages and involvement with the initiatives. Landell Mills is responsible for providing insights into the Industrial Starch Sector. This builds on our successes and lessons learned from the DFID-funded project ‘Working in Partnership to Promote Agricultural Technology Transfer (AgriTT)’.

Landell Mills is implementing the contract ‘Project Completion Review of the Assisting Institutions and Markets for Resilience Programme’

Landell Mills is pleased to announce our implementation of the DFID-funded contract ‘Project Completion Review of the Assisting Institutions and Markets for Resilience Programme’, behind our lead partner IMC Worldwide. The assignment’s objective is to produce a Project Completion Report that analyses the overall results achieved during the life of the programme against intended outcomes and impact, capture and report on the key lessons from the programme, and identify and recommend priorities and options for how Tanzania can build better climate change resilience.

Landell Mills delivers Training of Trainers Workshop to continue the positive impact of Producer Associations in Sudan

Landell Mills recently delivered a Training of Trainers workshop on how to establish, register and successfully operate Producers Associations. The training marks a landmark stage in the Sudan Food Security Programme – Rural Smallholders Component (SFSP-RSC) as the point at which farmers will begin to take over control from the programme’s NGO implementing partners in each state. The NGOs include Zenab and ZOA in Gedaref; WHH in Kassala; World Vision and Charity Organisation for Rehabilitation & Development (CORD) in Blue Nile; and SOS Sahel in Red Sea. Landell Mills is providing Technical Assistance to SFSP-RSC, which is a four-year programme funded by the EU. We are currently entering the final six months of the programme.

Workshop participants at the closing ceremony

Workshop participants at the closing ceremony

The workshop was a week-long retreat from 14th-20th April 2018 in the city of Wad Medani, which is on the west bank of the Blue Nile and 85 miles southeast of Khartoum. 31 prospective trainers attended from government, and international and national NGOs in Sudan. It was inaugurated by the Programme Manager of the European Union.  The workshop equipped the trainers with knowledge and skills to pass on to the Producers Associations in their respective states. It also helped to strengthen the Associations’ capacity to operate effectively and efficiently.

Training facilitator, Mustafa Abukasawi, supervising a group exercise

Training facilitator, Mustafa Abukasawi, supervising a group exercise

Producers Associations are local, officially-registered groups of farmers or fishermen with a common interest in working together to improve production and marketing of their produce. The trainers gained knowledge and skills in how to use the specially-developed Producers Associations Establishment and Operations Manual towards setting up and strengthening Producers Associations in their respective states – and how to train others to do the same.

As a result of the workshop and the manual, a ‘training cascade’ has been put in place which will support the sustainability of the Producers Associations beyond the end of the programme. It will also ensure that the technical practices and market-based approaches introduced to them during the programme are continued.

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The training venue and training participants at the opening ceremony

Producers Associations cluster the resources of small-scale farmers and fisheries into groups to achieve the necessary economics of scale to engage with suppliers, sell their products in larger quantities and gain access to better marketing and credit opportunities. By assisting small-scale farmers and fishermen with their legal registration under the 2011 Farmers and Livestock Producers’ Associations Act, the SFSP-RSC has also made the Associations more attractive to the private sector. The Training of Trainers workshop is a key step to strengthening the capacity of existing and future Producers Associations.

Staff enjoy an action-packed day in Bristol for Landell Mills 2018 company day out

This year our staff enjoyed an action-packed day away from the office in Bristol on 3rd August. The day began at Laser Fusion where we competed in ‘all against all’ and team battles of laser tag. We then made our way to a unique and challenging escape game experience, ‘Locked in a Room’. We worked in teams to solve puzzles related to time travel and unlock the key to escape. Next, we saw Bristol from the water on a river cruise. Kobe Karaoke was the final destination of the day for those wanting to practice their singing skills.


Drilling begins for the new monitoring network to analyse groundwater levels in Kabul

As part of the Kabul Managed Aquifer Recharge Project (KMARP) funded by the Asian Development Bank, Landell Mills has commenced the drilling of a new monitoring network across the city. The drilling of 20 piezometer wells, which will monitor the groundwater levels, commenced on 6th July and is expected to be completed within four months.


Landell Mills’ consultants are supervising the drilling contractors, Diamond Geo Engineering, and overseeing the installation of monitoring equipment in the wells. It is expected that a further 20 wells will be drilled in the near future. 

Kabul is reliant on groundwater, but it is one of the most water-stressed cities in the world and its residents suffer from a lack of accessible drinking water. Due to issues such as contamination from pit latrines and waste disposal, as well as continued population growth, groundwater levels are stressed and of poor quality.


KMARP is investigating the use of Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) techniques in order to improve groundwater levels and quality, as well as access to drinking water for Kabul. Managed Aquifer Recharge is the intentional recharge of water to aquifers (underground layers of water-bearing permeable rock) under controlled conditions. Some of the MAR techniques used on the project include a spreading basin and injection wells. The former involves a flat enclosed basin located on a permeable surface overlying an aquifer, then recharge water is placed in the basin area and allowed to infiltrate. Injection wells consist of a tube well that goes deep into the ground and water is pumped down into the aquifer below. 

The monitoring network will capture the changes in water level in great detail and analyse how MAR sites alter groundwater levels. The results of the project will be used to evaluate the feasibility of MAR in the city.

Visit the KMARP website and find out more here:
Landell Mills shares knowledge of international urban water management at national meeting of Irrigation and Water Forum and British Hydrological Society

World Water Day Conference casts a spotlight on the Kabul Managed Aquifer Recharge Project

Women’s peace-making event proves popular at European Development Days

A lab-debate which was organised by Landell Mills as part of the European Development Days in Brussels was a successful and engaging event. ‘African women in the prevention, management and resolution of African conflicts’ took place on Wednesday the 6th of June and more than 80 people attended.

The session was moderated by Modi Ntambwe (pictured below), Chair of RVDAGE-SVAV Federation of African Associations of Flanders, and discussions focussed on gender mainstreaming within the peace operations and mediation efforts supported by the African Peace Facility (APF).


The APF is the main tool for implementing the Africa-EU Peace and Security Cooperation and has supported more than 14 Peace Support Operations (PSOs) since its creation in 2004. The lab-debate explored the promotion of a gender component in PSOs, such as the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) in South Sudan and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Speakers included (pictured below, left to right) Sara Formisano, Gender Advisor at CTSAMM; Isabelle Arradon, Director of Research, Leading on Gender, Peace and Security at International Crisis Group; and Stella Maranga, Gender Officer at AMISOM.


The event was organised by Landell Mills as part of the ‘EU – Africa actions on peace and security through the African Peace Facility Communication Plan’ contract that we manage on behalf of the European Commission.

Find out more about the Lab Debate and the 2018 European Development Days.

Mid-project workshop in Kathmandu discusses way forward for Strengthening Integrated Water Resource Management in Mountainous River Basins project

On May 8-9th 2018 Landell Mills’ experts facilitated a mid-project regional workshop in Kathmandu as part of the Strengthening Integrated Water Resource Management in Mountainous River Basins project. The workshop brought together participants of the three countries involved in the Technical Assistance project administered by ADB, funded by the Japanese Fund for Poverty Reduction and managed by Landell Mills.

The participating countries are Afghanistan, Nepal and Bhutan. Attendees included members of the Ministry of Energy and Water and the Panj-Amu River Basin Agency in Afghanistan; the Wangchhu River Basin Committee in Bhutan; the High-Powered Committee for Integrated Development of the Bagmati Civilization and Water and Energy Commission Secretariat in Nepal, as well as ADB Officers from Manila and Kathmandu and a number of supporting consultants from Landell Mills.

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The two-day workshop enabled participants to report on the project’s outcomes, exchange lessons learned and apply them to the next phase of the project in all three countries. The workshop was very informative and applicable to other ADB projects in the Asia and Pacific Region. A report is currently being produced to promote knowledge sharing.

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The Strengthening Integrated Water Resource Management in Mountainous River Basins project is providing technical assistance to river basin organisations in each of the three countries. It is strengthening water resources management to cope with expected changes in water availability due to climate change and increases in water demand to support economic and population growth.

Find out more here.

Landell Mills produces radio programme to raise awareness of gender equality issues in Nigeria

Landell Mills’ expert team in Abuja has produced a radio programme focussed on gender issues. The show, called ‘Voice of Women (Muryar Mata)’ is currently being broadcast in Borno State in both Hausa and Kanuri languages. It discusses the following:

  • Gender based violence
  • Maternal and child health
  • Respect for women’s rights
  • Political participation and the role of women in politics

The programme includes trigger pieces, a vox pop; studio discussion and listener engagement through phone-ins; text messages, emails and social media. Dandal Kura Radio International is currently airing the programme which is expected to reach a large audience. According to a 2015 survey funded by USAID, the station has an audience of about 10 million Kanuri speaking people across the Lake Chad region. 

The production of the radio programme is the final activity under the EU-funded contract Communication and Visibility Actions for Gender Equality Awareness and Advocacy in Nigeria. A number of events, including award ceremonies and seminars, have been delivered to raise awareness of these important issues.

Find out more here:

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How Do Women Win Elections in 2019? A one day seminar in Abuja, Nigeria

Landell Mills organises awards ceremony for EU gender equality essay competition in Nigeria

Landell Mills wins communications projects in Nigeria and Central Asia

Landell Mills shortlisted for South West International Trade Award

We are pleased to announce that Landell Mills has been shortlisted for a 2018 South West International Trade Award in the Company of the Year (over £10m) category. The Awards celebrate international trade achievements by companies based in the South West of England.

The annual celebration, which will be held at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel on June 28th, will also be an opportunity to recognise companies in the South West that are innovating and exploring new markets as the UK embarks on a new global future outside of the EU.

We are proud of this achievement which reflects our long history of successfully providing UK services to clients overseas, working in some of the most challenging, yet interesting, markets in the world, including, for example, Afghanistan, Sudan and Tajikistan.

This award nomination follows recent successes for Landell Mills at the British Expertise International Awards including winning the 2017 International Collaborative Project and the 2017 and 2018 International Development Project Awards.

Find out more about the South West International Trade Awards and shortlists here.

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Results of the ‘Evaluation of EU support for Security Sector Reform in Enlargement and Neighbourhood countries (2010-2016)’ shared at Brussels event

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The dissemination of the ‘Evaluation of EU support for Security Sector Reform in Enlargement and Neighbourhood countries (2010-2016)’ took place at the Berlaymont in Brussels on May 23rd. Participants discussed the evaluation’s results and recommendations. Approximately 50 people attended, including EEAS staff, Permanent Representations, NATO, academia, think-tanks, and other stakeholders involved in Security Sector Reform in European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) and Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) beneficiary countries.

The evaluation ran from February 2017 to May 2018 and was commissioned by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR). Landell Mills led the evaluation, in partnership with Linpico. The evaluation identifies key lessons and best practices and produced 16 recommendations to improve current and future EU strategies, policies and actions in the sector. The final evaluation report can be downloaded on the DG NEAR website in the ‘key documents’ section.

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Film produced under the EU-ACP TradeCom II programme showcases entrepreneurs in Mauritius

A film produced under the EU-ACP Tradecom II project was screened at a recent Europe Week event organised by the EU Delegation to the Republic of Mauritius.

The film, called Reaping the benefits of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Republic of Mauritius, features a selection of enterprises we worked with under the project Strengthening Export Competitiveness for Inclusive Growth in Mauritius, especially in the context of the implementation of the interim Economic Partnership Agreement (i-EPA), which concluded in early March 2018.



Throughout the project, 32 participating Mauritian enterprises, often led by women or young entrepreneurs, received one-to-one business coaching. This included guidance on product quality requirements, rules of origin, marketing and business development. The businesses we worked with include jewellery and clothing producers, tech companies and agri-businesses, among others. Their products have vast potential to access European markets. The support provided helped participating enterprises to sell their products abroad, including in the EU.

The project was managed by Landell Mills and funded by the EU-ACP TradeCom II programme. It was delivered in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade.

Watch the film below.

Internal knowledge sharing continues at Landell Mills with agricultural value-chains

Another ‘lunch and learn’ internal-knowledge session has taken place at Landell Mills with a training on agricultural value chains conducted by Director, Simon Foxwell. Simon used a horticultural value-chain project in Afghanistan being designed by Landell Mills as an example of the different stages involved in a value-chain project and the session was attended by colleagues from across Landell Mills’ divisional teams.

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Simon began by discussing the common actors in a value chain, from the upstream to the downstream. The session then examined in detail the various factors that should be considered when designing a value-chain project, including: selection of the product; selection of a geographical area; and identifying the potential challenges and opportunities at each stage of the chain, which can be determined by carrying out a value-chain analysis. Simon concluded by looking at the various interventions that can support value chains, opening a debate as to whether donors such as ADB should only finance public goods (e.g. agricultural research facilities), or whether incentives are valid to increase uptake of private goods (e.g. better quality seeds and saplings).

Zarafshon Integrated Sub-basin Project attends regional pre-consultations of the Citizens Forum of the 8th World Water Forum

Five members of the Zarafshon Integrated Sub-basin Project’s working group, a pre-cursor of the Zarafshon River Basin agency, attended the regional pre-consultations of the Citizens Forum of the 8th World Water Forum (WWF8). The pre-consultations were held in Dushanbe in Tajikistan in February 2018.

Participants’ group photo

Participants’ group photo

Participants attend the pre-consultations

Participants attend the pre-consultations

The Citizen’s Forum was organised by the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources of Tajikistan on the behalf of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, Citizens Commission of the WWF8 and German-Kazakh University. 120 participants attended, representing several civil society organisations. The Forum provided an opportunity for citizens to be involved in discussions about water issues and provide innovative solutions to the problems they face.

The Zarafshon Integrated Sub-basin Project, which is managed by Landell Mills and funded by the EU, gave a presentation at the event to raise awareness of its work in the region. As well as networking, attendees also prepared the ‘Message of Central Asian civil society to WWF8’ to resolve water-related issues in Central Asia. The message was presented at the session ‘Political Governance Versus Sustainable Governance: Financial Resources, Interests and Power’ in Brazil on March 20th 2018. The project also sponsored a member of Ministry of Energy and Water Resources of Tajikistan to attend the WWF8 in Brazil.

Landell Mills trains NGOs on EU financial management procedures under the Sudan Food Security Programme – Rural Smallholders Component

Landell Mills’ technical assistance team based in Khartoum recently organised a five-day training event for all NGO project partners of the Sudan Food Security Programme – Rural  Smallholders Component. The NGOs include the  Charity Organisation for Rehabilitation & Development (CORD), SOS Sahel, World Vision, WHH, Zenab and ZOA. Other external NGO EU contract-holders also attended, including ADRA, Concern, COOPI, International Aid Services, Islamic Relief, Plan International, Practical Action and the Red Crescent.

The training focussed on EU financial management procedures and was delivered to the NGOs’ finance managers and senior accountants to help them prepare for the closure of their projects. It informed participants about general aspects, procurement, asset management, closure, accounting, reporting and auditing. The Project’s Finance and Contracts Advisor, Ildefonso Ramos, led the event. He has a wealth of experience in EU financial management procedures and devised a programme that was 40% theory and 60% practical, with interactive group exercises.

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Trainees hard at work on an interactive group exercise

Trainees hard at work on an interactive group exercise

31 participants attended, and each was awarded a training certificate on the final day. The EU Delegation’s Head of Finance, Contracts and Audit Section, Johannus Welten, attended the opening and closing ceremonies and joined a Q&A session with the participants at the end of the workshop. The one-hour Q&A session was particularly useful, as the EU’s NGO partners could discuss common problems with the Finance and Contracts team at the Delegation. Attendees also benefitted from interacting with staff from other NGOs implementing similar projects and facing the same problems and challenges.

Participant feedback on the event was positive:

  • “Mr Alfonso’s preparation of the methodology and material was very good. His selection of material helped make the training fun while learning.”
  • “Mr Alfonso has sound knowledge of EU policies and procedures. He also shows great interest in his audience and is always available for any clarifications.”
  • “I am happy about the trainer. He is one of the most experienced trainers I have ever seen.”

Find out more about the project here:

EU-Zambia CSO Fair is a fun day for all

Celebrations for Europe Month continued in Zambia this weekend, with the carnival-themed CSO Fair, which took place in Lusaka on Saturday. The event which was managed by Landell Mills in cooperation with our partner, Ku-Atenga Media, proved to be a great success for the second year in a row.


The CSO Fair aimed to increase visibility of the work carried out by civil society organisations in Zambia and the support they receive from the European Union and its Member States. This year’s event saw 40 participating CSOs (civil society organisations) showcasing their work at the East Park Mall in Lusaka. Organisations from various sectors were represented at the Fair, including health, gender, education, agriculture, environment, government and finance.

In line with this year’s carnival theme, many of the stallholders provided games and competitions for visitors to take part in. Attractions included a stilt walker, human statues, and hourly dance performances from Barefeet Theatre. 


Guests were encouraged to visit as many stands as possible and pick up a coupon from each one, which could then be exchanged for a prize, depending on how many they had collected. Prizes included toys, books, stationery and EU-branded t-shirts. Other popular activities at the event included an EU-based quiz and face painting.

The Fair was officially opened by the Ambassador of the European Union to Zambia, H.E. Alessandro Mariani, and the Minister of Community Development and Social Services, Hon. Emerine Kabanshi M.P. The Ambassador also gave a number of live radio interviews during the Fair and the event was promoted heavily both online and within print media.

Landell Mills delivers Panj-Amu River Basin Agency Data Management Training in Afghanistan

Our consultants recently organised an orientation training in Taloqan City, Afghanistan under the Strengthening Integrated Water Resource Management in Mountainous River Basins project. This initiative is funded by the Japanese Fund for Poverty Reduction, administered by the Asian Development Bank and managed by Landell Mills.

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The Panj-Amu River Basin Agency (RBA) Data Management Training was designed to assess knowledge and qualifications of the RBA staff for data management and analysis required for River Basin Management. Ten participants took part, including hydrologists and water data management directors from the Panj-Amu RBA and associated Sub-basin Agencies. They attended classroom sessions in the morning, followed by applied practical training exercises in the afternoon. Participants strengthened their knowledge of spatial planning, and geographic and visual tools such as Google Earth, GPS and GIS systems. They also improved their knowledge of river height and flow data collection, and the use of this data in water resource planning.

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I have undertaken many training sessions and workshops with MEW before, but this one was better because it was given in the local language, dealt with relevant required topics, practical field work, as well as sharing and exchanging ideas and knowledge.
— Hydrologist from Panj-Amu River Basin Agency

Landell Mills will repeat and build on the training with an expanded data management session in 2019.

Asian Development Bank ranks Landell Mills in top five consulting firms winning ADB-funded contracts

Landell Mills is pleased to be ranked in the top five consulting firms who provide technical assistance to Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded projects.

The news was announced by Akmal Siddiq, Director of Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Division at ADB, at the 9th Asian Development Bank Business Opportunities Fair held in Manila in March 2018. Mr Siddiq highlighted firms that had been awarded the most ADB technical assistance projects between 2015 and 2017. Landell Mills ranked second with a total of five contracts.

Landell Mills has been working with ADB since the 1980s and our successful relationship looks set to continue.

Landell Mills delivers trade policy workshop in Tanzania

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A trade policy workshop held in Dar es Salaam last month concluded the Landell Mills-managed project entitled: ‘Targeted Support to REPOA and Zanzibar Ministry of Trade, Industry and Marketing  (ZMTIM) to Increase Competitiveness of Primary Producers and Diversify the Export Base in Light of the Trading Opportunities with the EU’. It was the second and final event organised under the project, with the first workshop focusing on the issues of quality management in the Zanzibar-Pemba export corridor.

The final policy dialogue workshop, which took place on the 5th March, brought together a range of policymakers and non-state actors, including representatives of the private sector who are involved in shaping the agricultural trade landscape in Tanzania.

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Previous field work identified bottlenecks that limit the country’s agricultural competitiveness and export diversification, such as poor road infrastructure and costly quality certifications. The findings of this study enabled the project team to draw informed recommendations designed to mitigate these limitations in Tanzania. In addition, the project developed training modules and analytical tools for an independent research institution, REPOA (Research on Poverty Alleviation). These will allow for more detailed analyses of trade in Tanzania and the factors that determine export competitiveness along specific value chains such as horticulture, floriculture, spices and seaweed. It is hoped that deeper analysis of Tanzanian trade will help enhance the country’s international exports and promote sustainable economic growth.

The project was commissioned by the EU-ACP TradeCom II programme, which contributes to sustainable economic development and poverty reduction in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries through closer regional integration and increased participation in the global economy. It was launched in May 2017 and promotes sustainable economic development and poverty reduction in the United Republic of Tanzania through closer regional integration and increased participation in the global economy.

Find out more about the project:

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