The complex regulatory environment in the agricultural sector has constrained the sector growth drivers thereby depriving its potential demand and supply of improved agricultural inputs, hence limiting the access, distribution and application of these inputs in Tanzanian farming communities. The imposition of multiple regulations which are not supportive to the agricultural inputs subsector has rendered the smallholder farmers regarding it as non-essential to their production and productivity due to restrictions related to the availability and affordability of these inputs.
Issues of higher prices, non-compliance to regulations and weak enforcement of regulatory functions have accelerated the prevalence of counterfeit inputs, thereby frustrating the smallholder farmers’ productivity and profitability. The investigations done by ACT on the impact of multiple regulations in the agricultural inputs subsector has revealed these facts. The research report and policy briefs provide details and insights about this issue.