Research Papers/Topics in Agricultural Economics

Economic Viability And Economic Impact Of Mkindo Irrigation Scheme In Mvomero District, Tanzania

ABSTRACTThis study was about economics of small scale irrigation schemes funded by TASAF. Thestudy was conducted at the Mkindo irrigation scheme in Mvomero District, Morogoro.The main objective of the study was to analyze the economic viability and determine theimpact of the irrigation scheme on household income and food security. Specificallystudy: (i) analyzed the economic viability of the irrigation scheme; (ii) determined theimpact of the irrigation scheme on household income and income d...

Economic Coordination Of Poultry Value Chain: Comparative Analysis Of Local And Exotic Chicken Breeds In Kibaha District

ABSTRACTThe study of economic coordination in chicken production targets to a wide continuum of coordination activities in poultry subsector in Kibaha District. It also aims to delineate similarities and differences between the two chicken breeds (local and exotic). The specific objectives include mapping of the two value chains, identifying governance structures in the value chains, assessing of potentials of different actors categories and also determining factors influencing participation ...

Determinants Of Adoption Of Early Maturing Maize Varieties In Nzega District, Tabora Region

ABSTRACTNzega is among the district located in semi-arid areas of Tanzania where drought is a limiting factor for agriculture. In the district farmers are advised to use early maturing maize varieties (EMMV). In contrary the adoption of EMMV in Nzega District is still low. Increase in use of EMMV is possible if factors which influence adoption are addressed. The present study aimed at identifying factors which influence adoption of EMMV. The main objective was to analyze challenges facing eff...

Transaction Costs In Production And Marketing Of Sugarcane Under Outgrowers’ Schemes In Morogoro Region Of Tanzania

ABSTRACTThe purpose of this study was to analyse the production and marketing transaction costs of sugarcane outgrowers in Mvomero and Kilosa districts of Morogoro region in Tanzania. The specific objectives were to determine the level of transaction costs in different categories of outgrowers, to examine the influence of institutional arrangement on sugarcane transaction costs, and to examine the impact of transaction cost on the quality of sugarcane in terms of sucrose content (Rendement). ...

Mobile Phone Based Market Information Services And Smallholder Farmers' Market Participation In Lilongwe, Malawi

ABSTRACTThis study analyses the effect of mobile phone based market information services (MIS) on smallholder farmers’ maize market participation in Lilongwe rural, Malawi using survey data sourced directly from 196 smallholder farmers. The study reveals insufficient evidence to suggest that existing mobile phone-based MIS in Malawi which entails users subscribing to short (text) message service (SMS) price alerts, influence smallholder farmers’ market participation decisions. Knowledge o...

Economics Of Irrigated Crops In Kinyope And Kitere Irrigation Schemes In Lindi And Mtwara Districts

ABSTRACTGovernments in many developing countries including Tanzania are promoting irrigation as a response to food insecurity. A current initiative in Tanzania for instance, is to scale up annual paddy irrigation production to 2 million tones in 2018 from the present 8 x 105 tones. Studies conducted in Ruvuma and Mbeya regions by the World Bank (WB) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) shows improvement in irrigation efficiency and crop yield. The question whether th...

Analysis Of Dry Beans Consumption And Factors Influencing Choice Of Dry Beans In Consumers’ Food Purchasing Decisions In Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

ABSTRACTDry beans are an important source of protein especially among poor consumers in Tanzania. This makes dry beans a strategic food for combating malnutrition. Yet, per capita consumption of dry beans in Tanzania is relatively low. However, the reasons for low beans consumption are not well established. This study provides empirical evidence on beans consumption and factors influencing beans choice in households’ food purchasing decisions. The study used data collected by Legume Innovat...

Assessment Of Consumer Acceptance And Willingness To Pay For Induced Quality Attributes In Processed Cassava Leaves Products In Morogoro Municipality

ABSTRACTConsumption of Indigenous vegetables (IVs) in most Sub-Sahara African countries including Tanzania is replaced by exotic varieties/species, regardless of their potential nutritional and economic values. Given this situation, among other IVs, this study was conducted with the aim of assessing consumers‟ acceptance and willingness to pay (WTP) for processed cassava leaves products. Sensory test together with a consumer survey of 110 randomly selected respondents was conducted in Morog...

Economics Of Small Holder Common Beans Production In Mbeya, Tanzania

ABSTRACTCommon bean is a major source of food and income for smallholder farmers in Tanzania.The national average yield for common beans which ranges from 0.72 to 1.10 tone/ha, is far below potential yields recommended by agricultural research (1.5 – 3 tones/ ha) using improved varieties. Low common bean yield is contributed by several factors which lower farmers` profit. This study examined the economics of smallholder common beans production in Mbeya, Tanzania. Descriptive and inferential...

Cassava And Sweet Potato Value Chains In Mvomero And Kongwa Districts In Tanzania

ABSTRACTThis study was conducted to analyze cassava and sweet potato value chains so as to identify potential areas for intervention in order to improve small-scale farmers’ access to markets in Mvomero and Kongwa Districts. Sub-sector mapping was used to map cassava and sweet potato value chains. Results indicate that several constraints exist in the two sub-sectors which among other things include low production, poor access to inputs, lack of market information, poor support services, po...

Evaluation Of Farmers Participation In Oilseeds Value Addition And Implication On Their Income: A Case Of Sunflower In Kilosa

ABSTRACTThis study aimed at evaluating farmers participation in the value addition to oilseedsand its implication on farmer’s income with special emphasis on sunflower. Thegeneral objective was to promote sustainable sunflower production and incomegeneration through value addition in the rural sunflower potential areas of Tanzania.Specifically the study aimed to: assess processing capacity and utilization, identifyfactors influencing farmer participation in value addition, describe marketin...

Input Use Efficiency In The Madibira Smallholder Farmers’ Irrigation Scheme In Tanzania

ABSTRACTEfficiency analysis remains an important issue in economic studies, especially for projects which spent tax payers‟ money, grants and loans. Efficiency has implications on agricultural policy in terms of improving paddy production through improved input use efficiency at Madibira smallholder irrigation scheme. This study sought to determine factors influencing paddy production and technical input use efficiency among farmers at Madibira scheme. The total sample for study was 120 res...

Commercialization Pathways And Their Implications On Smallholder Rice Farmers’ Productivity And Welfare In Mbarali District, Tanzania

ABSTRACTAgricultural transformation from low productivity to commercial agriculture has been a policy of concern in Sub-Saharan African countries whose economies depend on agriculture. Different pathways to commercialization have been adopted, including smallholder commercialization, medium and large scale commercial agriculture while others have adopted inclusive commercialization. However, the existing literature is inconclusive on which pathway should be adopted particularly in Sub-Saharan...

Economic Analysis Of Sesame Value Chain In Masasi District, Mtwara Region, Tanzania

ABSTRACTSesame is among one of important economic crop for smallholder farmers and other actors involved in value chain. However, smallholder farmers have not fully benefited due to fragmented market and unimproved production. This study was conducted to assess the profitability of sesame actors along the value chain in Masasi District. The specific objectives were to identify the structure and functioning of the value chain; to determine the gross margin received by different actors along Se...


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