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Farming gamble fails

Pic: SAGCOT
Pic: SAGCOT

Ambitions for venture capital in agriculture – once the Next Big Thing – are foundering

The Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT), one of ex-President Jakaya Kikwete's favourite projects, touted globally as a radical policy to support smallholders while promoting foreign venture capital investment in the sector, is in deep trouble after the government cancelled the US$47 million Matching Grant Fund (MGF). The facility aimed to match private investment with public funds and was backed by a World Bank loan worth $70m, which the Bank is now withdrawing on the government's request.

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