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An update of information on market characteristics of sweet potato in the Lake and Eastern Zones of Tanzania

An update of information on market characteristics of sweet potato in the Lake and Eastern Zones of Tanzania

Ndunguru, G. T., Meku, S., Ngendello, T., Westby, A. and Mwaisela, F. (2003) An update of information on market characteristics of sweet potato in the Lake and Eastern Zones of Tanzania. [Working Paper]

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Abstract

This report is an update of information on market characteristics of sweet potato conducted in the Lake and Eastern zones of Tanzania. It is intended to provide information under which flexible systems that are required to enable farmers to market their crops either when they need income or when market prices are most favorable. Information was obtained by interviewing farmers and traders from Lake Zone and Eastern Zone of Tanzania using Rapid Rural Appraisal method (RRA). Groups of 12 to 14 farmers, one from each village surveyed were selected randomly for focus group interviews. Each group comprised of women and men. Traders from the municipal markets of Dar es Salaam, Morogoro and Mwanza were also interviewed. This information was complemented by information from the District Agricultural Development Office. Groups of three Scientists (a post-harvest specialist, a market specialist and a social worker) undertook the interviews. The report documents the economic activities of the farmers and types of crops grown in the respective areas. It specifically provides information on the production, handling and marketing constraints of sweet potatoes. Other aspects shown in the report include, the marketing chain of sweet potatoes, production and marketing costs of the crop and seasonality of supply of sweet potatoes versus prices and quality in Mwanza and Dares Salaam markets. A number of recommendations based on the overall observation of the study have been documented in order to enable the stakeholders of the project to plan further interventions.

Item Type: Working Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: livelihood, poor, poverty, sweet potato, Tanzania, marketing, production, handling, supply, seasonality, postharvest, crop management, Ipomoea batatas
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Livelihoods & Institutions Department
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Last Modified: 10 Jun 2016 14:09
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/11483

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