Investigating the effects of cotton market decline on people’s welfare: a case of Bariadi District in Simiyu region, Tanzania

Mkumbo, Mathias Moses (2014) Investigating the effects of cotton market decline on people’s welfare: a case of Bariadi District in Simiyu region, Tanzania. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Abstract

The study investigated the effects of cotton market decline on people’s welfare. The main objective of the study was to explore the effect of cotton market decline on people welfare with reference to Bariadi District in Simuyu. Specifically, the study examined the effect of cotton market decline on employment in Bariadi district, explored the effect of cotton market decline on human per capita income and finally it found out how human needs are affected by cotton market decline. The study employed both qualitative and quantitative research design, whereas both secondary and primary data were used as source of information. Desk study was applied to get secondary data while interviews and questionnaire were used to data whereby 40 respondents were included. The study findings reveal that cotton market decline affects the inhabitants of the place. The situations has caused a lot of challenges as it has accelerated to increased number of jobless people, increased youth`s rural urban migration, increased number of employee on non-agriculture pay roll, poor purchasing ability, poor money circulation also bad business flow. Again the scenario has affected human basic needs: food insecurity, poor development of human shelter, increased drop out from school, inability to buy clothes and also it has caused to inaccessibility to health care facilities. Therefore, it was evident that cotton growers in the study area have not captured the full potential benefits of what they produce market, low prices and high cost of inputs. Hence, the government should plan and advocate for the stable market for farmers because cotton production in Bariadi is people’s major economic activities. Also, farmers should adhere to the standards and quality of cotton produce so as to compete in the market and therefore improve cotton market in Tanzania.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 600 Technology > 658 Gerneral management
Divisions: Faculty of Business Management > Department of Leadership and Governance
Depositing User: Mr Habibu V. Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2016 12:03
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 12:03
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/810

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