Sokoine University of Agriculture

The role of indigenous technical knowledge in increased food production in Tanzania

Show simple item record Lupanga, I. J. Mvena, Z. S. K. Forster, P. G. 2017-12-05T09:04:36Z 2017-12-05T09:04:36Z 1995
dc.description.abstract The study examines ways of linking research, extension and farmers through a two-way exchange of both indigenous technical knowledge (ITK) and scientific knowledge in order to increase food crop production in Tanzania. Specifically the studied sought to establish: the amount of ITK regarding maize, wheat, beans and round potatoes in 15 villages; the extent to which indigenous and conventional scientific knowledge are employed by farmers; the relationship between the use by farmers of ITK and conventional scientific knowledge, and socioeconomic parameters; and the utilization of findings from the study in drawing up policy implications with regard to the planning of the research and extension efforts in Tanzania for improved agricultural production. The study area comprised three major food producing districts in the southern Highlands of Tanzania, namely, Njombe, Mbeya, and Mbinga. A total of 1020 farmers was sampled through semi-structured interviews during two research visits to the areas, first in June 1989 and then between November 1989 and March 1990. The results of the study identify a great deal of ITK within the communities covered and highlight the need for extension agents to utilize this resource. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher en_US
dc.subject Indigenous technical knowledge en_US
dc.subject Food production en_US
dc.subject Tanzania en_US
dc.title The role of indigenous technical knowledge in increased food production in Tanzania en_US
dc.type Technical Report en_US
dc.url;jsessionid=77F3EEE6FF7BBFFB68FF4793ADF509 CA en_US

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