Modern transformation of rural livelihoods in Africa: the case of the Dodoma region, Tanzania

Nowadays, urban-rural connections are accelerating in sub-Saharan Africa resulting in agricultural transformations, which in turn lead to the transformation of rural livelihoods. This ASCL Working Paper examines agricultural transformations in the Dodoma Region, Tanzania, and their impact on local rural livelihoods. Triggered by transportation development and rising demand for agricultural produce on the national and international level, the transformation of rural livelihoods on the village level entails: the application of more advanced methods and organisation of agricultural production; the increased use wage-labour; considerably higher agricultural revenues; a distinct rise of livelihoods partly or exclusively based on small-scale industry, petty trade and other businesses; and a distinctively higher level of incomes and consumption.

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This paper appeared in the ASCL Working Paper Series as paper number 154. 

Author(s) / editor(s)

A. Kamanzi; K.S. Dede; L.J. de Haan

About the author(s) / editor(s)

Adalbertus Kamanzi is Coordinator of the MA Development Studies Programme at the University of Namibia, Namibia.

Kwalu Samwel Dede is affiliated to the Institute of Rural Development Planning, Dodoma, Tanzania.

Leo de Haan is affiliated to the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University.