Forest Technology and Wood Sciences

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    Consumers’ preference on imported and locally made furniture in Dar es Salaam and Arusha, Tanzania
    (SAGE, 2018) Kumburu, Neema P.; Kessy, John Francis
    This study was designed to assess the consumer’s preference between imported and locally made furniture in Dar es Salaam and Arusha in Tanzania. Primary and secondary data for the study were collected from furniture consumers in the study area. A total of 134 consumers were surveyed. Questionnaires and documentary reviews were used for data collection. Descriptive statistics and binary logistic regression were used in the analysis of data. The result of the study revealed significant differences on the levels of consumers’ preference for furniture products. Imported furniture seems to be far preferred by consumers. It was observed that the major differences in consumers’ preference for furniture were due to quality and design. This study provides valuable implications for local small- scale manufacturers if they want to compete in the globalized market. It is, therefore, recommended that local furniture manufacturers should acquire adequate skills, technology and innovation in order to produce competitive products.
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    The role of non wood forest products in improving livelihoods of communities surrounding Jozani and Chwaka Bay national park, Zanzibar.
    (Sokoine University Of Agriculture., 2010) Mkarafuu, Nassor Said
    The role of Non Wood Forest Products (NWFPS) In the communities This study was conducted to asses the role of Non Wood Forest Products (NWFPs) in improving livelihoods of the communities surrounding Jozani and Chwaka Bay National Park in Zanzibar. The study aimed to document, asses the status and contribution of NWFPs, identify roles of user groups and constraints towards development of NWFPs in the study area. Six villages were selected based on accessibility to the forests and availability of NWFPs. Study was conducted in two phases: Phase one involved preliminary surveys and Participatory Rural Appraisals. Phase two was questionnaire surveys with households, key informants and field inventory. Data on PRA were analyzed with the help of local communities, while Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) was used for questionnaires. Revenue accrued from different sources was computed in MS Excel. A total of 88 and 26 NWFPs plant and animal species respectively were recorded. NWFPs contribute 27 % of household’s food security, 32 % of income generation while 97 % of households rely for primary health care. The study revealed some constraints towards development of NWFPs. It is concluded that NWFPs contribute in improving livelihood of communities for subsistence, primary health care and income. The study also noted a decrease in NWFPs. It is concluded that gender roles has influence in collection, processing and marketing of NWFPs. It is recommended that information and training on NWFPs should be provided to the communities. Also utilization plan of NWFPs should be developed and collaboration between government and communities is needed to improve protection of the resoures.