Tanzania’s agricultural sector is central to the economy but productivity is strikingly low, in large part due to the limited adoption by farmers of recommended agricultural inputs such as improved seed, fertiliser and agrochemicals (pesticides). Prices of agro inputs are generally high, quality is often low and availability is limited.
This study argues that a leading cause of dysfunction in the market for agro-inputs is the protracted and costly process for registering and certifying new inputs and technologies. As such, shortening and simplifying the registration process would have an immediate and positive impact on the input market: boosting supply, increasing competition, and enhancing product quality
and availability for farmers. This, in turn, would boost agricultural productivity and incomes.