Basike Mteleka, National Coordinator, CountrySTAT-Tanzania
Mr. Basike Mteleka was recently appointed
national coordinator of CountrySTAT Tanzania. Mr. Mteleka replaces the former
National CountrySTAT Coordinator Ms. Joyce Urassa.
Before this appointment, Mr.
Mteleka was a Statistician at the
National Bureau of Statistics, Mr. Mteleka reiterates his commitment to take
forward the good lessons from his successor.
Outlining his priority areas, Mr.
Mteleka said that much as the CountrySTAT database has important information,
there is a need for such information to be widely known and used by
stakeholders in the agriculture sector.
He further said, the task to populate data
costs money and time, these efforts and investment will be a waste if the
database is not effectively used to address the challenges of poverty, food
insecurity and climate change.
There is a need therefore to make
CountrySTAT known to all agricultural sector stakeholders by organizing various
communication campaigns and seminars. This is an equally important assignment
which has to go hand in hand with other tasks geared towards improving the
quality of data.