Strengthening Maize Dolichos Lab Lab Intercrop Enterprise to Mitigate the Effects of Climate Change for Economic Development in Uchira Village Community” Tanzania

Xavery, Peter Edward (2014) Strengthening Maize Dolichos Lab Lab Intercrop Enterprise to Mitigate the Effects of Climate Change for Economic Development in Uchira Village Community” Tanzania. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Abstract

This study was carried in four villages of Kirua South Ward of Moshi Rural District, Kilimanjaro region- Tanzania. The overall aim of the study was collecting information and data with regards to climate change and variability. Both secondary and primary were used. Primary data were obtained using structured questionnaires and key informant interviews. In total 80 respondents were randomly selected for interviews whereby 20 extra knowledgeable farmers were purposefully sampled for a key informant interviews. Findings showed that local people perceived climate change and variability in their communities. The changes have affected crops and livestock in a number of ways resulting in reduced productivity, which in turn has subjected small scale farmers to income poverty. In order to improve the income level of small scale farmers in the study area, the study proposed and implementation of a CED project in Uchira village as a pilot project, which included the use of drought tolerant maize varieties together with Dolichos lablab and good agricultural management practices in order to improve agricultural outputs in an area so as to reduce effect of climate change and variability. The results indicate that members who participated in the project realized Net benefits of Tanzanian Shillings (Tshs.) 846,500/= with Benefit Cost Ratio(BCR) of 2.02 in year 2013 while before the project returns to invest was not that much attractive for the previous year 2012 with Net benefit of Tshs. 237,500/= and BCR of 1.26. The success of this project will be a catalyst for other farmers, agricultural sector expert, and other stakeholders to extrapolate to a wider population in the Kirua South ward eventually improve the income level of farmers and the nation as a whole.

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: 14 Jan 2016 12:05
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 12:05
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/798

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