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Stimulating Private Sector Development in Tanzania: From Implementation to Facilitation

Sep 17, 2014
institutional sponsor: 
United States Agency for International Development


Intervening in smallholder agricultural markets can take many operational forms. The facilitation versus implementation framework is one such taxonomy of classifying agriculture interventions.  BRAC has been intervening in agricultural markets in Bangladesh as an implementer and an actor in agricultural value chains for over 40 years, and has experience over the past seven years in sub-Saharan Africa.

Approximately a year ago, BRAC began the LEAD project in Tanzania, funded by DFID. Under this project, BRAC works as a facilitator to stimulate private sector development by ensuring that the actors in the value chain are functioning more efficiently, providing support to under-served areas, and playing a role in market development where the poor can actively participate. LEAD, which targets over 100,000 maize and poultry farmers, also incorporates an agriculture finance initiative as well as a private sector investment fund.

Thank you for joining us for an interactive discussion of a new approach to private sector development in Tanzania with Rod Dubitsky, Md. A. Saleque, and Hem Chandro Roy of BRAC. This presentation about BRAC’s LEAD project probed the question of whether to facilitate or to implement and it also provided an early sneak peek into the successes and challenges BRAC has encountered in this project to date. 


Rod Dubitsky

imageRod Dubitsky is a Senior Advisor and Chief Knowledge Officer for BRAC USA.

image Rod’s involvement with BRAC USA goes back to 2007 as a volunteer. He joined the Advisory Council in 2009 and the Board in 2011. In 2011, he co-authored with BRAC a chapter covering agriculture and microfinance in the book "New Pathways out of Poverty." He also spent two months in Peru as a volunteer for TechnoServe working on research related to the development of the cocoa value chain. Dubitsky’s current role includes coverage of Sierra Leone and Liberia as well as support for BRAC’s agriculture and microfinance programs. Prior to joining BRAC, Dubitsky was an executive vice president in PIMCO's Advisory group, and in 2009, he was managing director and head of asset-backed securities research at Credit Suisse. Dubitsky holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and an economics degree from the State University of New York, Binghamton.

Dr. Md. A. Saleque
BRAC Bangladesh

imageDr. Md. A.

image Saleque is the Adviser for Agriculture and Livestock Programme for BRAC International and has a portfolio of eight countries outside Bangladesh. He has 31 years of experience in designing and implementing agriculture, food security, livestock, and livelihood development programmes for BRAC and works closely with government, the private sector, and international organizations such as IFAD, World Bank, DFID, ADB, WFP,EU and FAO. He was also involved in planning, designing, and implementing numerous social enterprises (seed, poultry, feed mill, fish hatcheries, salt industry, cold storage, chicken processing plant, nursery, chilling plant, bull station, etc.) and worked as Programme head of enterprises of BRAC. He was the IFAD/FAO project coordinator for the Smallholder Poultry Development Programme and also worked as the Country Team Coordinator for the South Asia Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Programme (SAPPLPP). Dr. Saleque is the elected Secretary of the International Network for Family Poultry Development (INFPD) which is responsible for promoting small-scale poultry rearing in 104 countries, and serves as a member of the board of several organizations.

Hem Chandro Roy
BRAC Tanzania

imageHem Chandro Roy is a development professional with over 16 years

imageexperience in managing implementation, technical capacity building, monitoring and evaluation of a wide range of projects on value chain development, Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P), economic development, private sector engagement, livelihoods; markets, rural financial services, and sustainable agriculture with different international and national organizations in Bangladesh and Tanzania. He has conducted program design and/or implementation in many sub-sectors including maize, poultry, potato processing, fisheries, dairy, floriculture, vegetables, and rice. He was a team member of the study to develop and test strategies for applying market development principles for disaster risk reduction (DRR) programs, based in part on adapting the Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis (EMMA) toolkit for DRR in Bangladesh in 2012. Roy is currently serving as project manager of the Livelihood Enhancement through Agricultural Development (LEAD) project under BRAC Maendeleo Tanzania, a DFID-funded project working on maize and poultry sub-sectors in Tanzania to increase income of more than 100,000 rural farmers. He holds an MBA from Bangladesh Open University; MS in Horticulture from Bangladesh Agricultural University.