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Similarly, expansion of the phone network (landline or wireless) would facilitate spatial arbitrage and market integration. A FACILITATING PUBLIC ENVIRONMENT. The incentives to invest are affected not just by interest rates, formal regulations, and codified tax policy but also by intangible aspects of governance such as the attitude of public officials toward the private sector, the certainty and continuity of the business environment, and the risk of exposure to corruption. Tax rates and regulations should be uniform and modest rather than high but negotiable.

682 (Soukhanov 1988)). The juxtaposition of economic sectors as either followers or leaders has a long tradition in economics going back at least 200 years, but most eloquently summed up in Kravis’s seminal essay on the role of trade in economic growth (1970). Actors in both Tanzania and the donor community are actively concerned at the present time about at least four interrelated sets of issues pertaining to Tanzanian agriculture and its place in economic development strategy. Although all four have their specific aspects and are discussed below, together they sum to asking whether agriculture in the era of economic reforms is an initiator and engine—a leader—of growth and poverty alleviation, a necessary locomotive to keep the train rolling, or instead is a follower, extending and distributing benefits from a process started in some other sector.

These papers, which have been collected together in the Annex volume, substantially improved the accuracy of team perceptions for Tanzania. The paper by Professor Mabele, on Zanzibar, is virtually the only in-depth source of information available to the team on current agricultural policy issues in Zanzibar. Thanks are also conveyed to Mr. D. Famine Early Warning System (FEWS) project office in Dar-es-Salaam, who facilitated the team’s access to food retail price data. Mr. K. Kazungu of the University of Dar-es-Salaam provided very helpful research assistance during field visits in Tanzania.

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