Improvement of Commercial Maize Production for Sustainable Economic Development of Maize Farmers in Rukoma Village Ngoma District, in Eastern Region, Rwanda

Umutoni, Ernestine (2016) Improvement of Commercial Maize Production for Sustainable Economic Development of Maize Farmers in Rukoma Village Ngoma District, in Eastern Region, Rwanda. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Abstract

The dissertation sought to tackle community poverty using maize commercial production and maize grain; against the level of maize grain in Rwanda which is significantly low compared to the general demand. This seems more of an opportunity untapped. The researcher opted for triangulation design in this study. This was imperative because the researcher sought to measure perception of people in Rukoma regarding their economic status, availability of resources for maize commercial production; and the availability of the market to sell grains. Therefore, key informants were conducted with ordinary people in the community: Village, cell, sector and with district officials as well as professionals from various institutions. In order to understand the real phenomena, self-administered questionnaires were used to measure people’s economic status and the establishing of the new project under their supervision. The CNA revealed that income poverty, a core problem, has been caused by multifactor; e.g. concentration on growing of food crops that fetch very little to sustain a family, unreliable market, underutilization of land, lack of entrepreneurial skills, and lack of knowledge on horticultural skills. Maize commercial production has untapped potential to change the social economic story of the village people. Using a participatory method, three objectives were constructed. The expected outcome is improvement of maize farmers, increase of yields of maize grain production per hectare, increase of maize grain sales and access services and support for project implementation. Based on the project goal, objectives and activities planned have been met with exception of mid and annual evaluation that will be done after six months of project implementation

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 330 Economics
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Centre for Economics and Community Economic Development
Depositing User: Mr Habibu V. Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2018 17:17
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2018 17:17
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/2053

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