EXHIBITION: Ifakara engages with farmers, stakeholders at “Nane Nane” fair
Today, Ifakara teams join stakeholders at the Nane Nane grounds in Morogoro to engage with farmers who exhibit agricultural products and services at the week-long Farmers’ Exhibition – popularly known as “Nane Nane” – organized annually to recognize farmers' contribution to the Tanzanian economy.
Ifakara scientists have pitched their booth inside the Ifakara Town Council exhibition pavilion at the grounds to showcase the Institute’s work done to contribute to the farmers’ health and wellbeing – in line with the Ifakara mission.
The Community Engagement Coordinator for Ifakara – the Institute’s birthplace – Faraji Abilahi is leading a team of scientists exhibiting at this year’s fair along with entomology research scientist Alex Limwagu.
About “Nane Nane”
“Nanenane” fairs are a national event in Tanzania celebrated to recognize farmers' contribution to the economy. They provide an opportunity for farmers and other stakeholders to exchange knowledge and business and are observed on August 8, every year. Usually, the first week of August is all about agriculture in Tanzania.
Nane Nane means "eight eight" in Swahili, the national language of Tanzania. At the Nane Nane Agricultural Exhibition, farmers and other agricultural stakeholders (such as, universities and research institutes, input suppliers or fertilizer producing industries) showcase new technologies, ideas, discoveries and alternative solutions concerning the agricultural sector.
Nane Nane is a fair where government and private firms present their services and activities to the public. Every year the national Nane Nane show takes place in different locations of Tanzania. Ifakara has been part of these annual fairs for the eastern zone staged in Morogoro Municipality where exhibitors come from the four regions of Dar es Salaam, Coast, Morogoro and Tanga.