Agroforestry as a solution to poverty in rural Tanzania. Lessons from Musoma Rural District, Mara Region, Tanzania
Demand for agricultural land and forest products is on increase in most developing countries such as Tanzania. This leads to shortage of arable land accelerating land degradation and hence decline in agricultural productivity. In the tropics Agroforestry (AF) technologies have been proposed as the solution of land shortage and productivity due to its great potential for both forestry and agricultural products. Despite the fact that AF interventions have been in Tanzania for many years, the pace at which AF technologies are adopted by rural people is not yet encouraging. Less adoption to the AF technologies may be attributed to inadequate knowledge and information on its importance to poverty reduction and socio-economic, services.
This paper present a research results conducted in Musoma Rural District to determine relationship between tree growing effort and socio-economic factors. Qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis techniques were adopted. It was found that majority of farmers who adopted agroforestry farming systems produced high crop yields, wood materials for fuelwood and poles as well as increased income at households’ level.
Based on these findings, the study recommends on strengthening the implementation of strategies for improving agriculture production, which in turn would lead to poverty reduction among rural households.
Mbwambo, J.S.; Saruni, P.L. & Massawe, G.S. (2013). Agroforestry as a solution to poverty in rural Tanzania. Lessons from Musoma Rural District, Mara Region, Tanzania. Kivukoni Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2, 15-30.