Achieving Tanzania’s Agriculture Vision

“The experience, skills and knowledge I gained at the University of Queensland have to be acknowledged.

 They have had great impact in fulfilling the vision, mission and finally the goals of my organisation,” says Alumna Marystella Basil Mtalo who completed a Master’s degree in Rural Systems Management in 2005 at the University of Queensland.

Agriculture is a leading sector in Tanzania, employing about 80% of the work force. Upon returning from the Award, Marystella has wasted no time in applying the skills and knowledge gained in Australia in her work at the Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Cooperatives where she serves as Principal Agriculture Officer since 1989.

“After returning from my studies, I have been involved in various activities in the Crop Monitoring and Early Warning section analyzing a number of policies including agriculture and livestock, national food security as well as integrating them with other sectoral policies involving other ministries, which all together are geared towards increased agriculture production, livelihood and food security in a sustainable manner for the people of Tanzania,” she said.

She notes that her studies in Australia also complemented the governments’ efforts to the build capacity of its employees and in so doing enhancing the capacity of the department in dealing with complex issues of food and nutrition security. Marystella has proactively transferred skills to her work colleagues while encouraging them to work as a team and to maintain transparency.

“We are doing very well in our department, supporting one another in every aspect. Big thumbs up to the Australian Government for supporting developing countries,” she concluded.