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Resource use conflicts in Usangu Plains, Mbarali District, Tanzania

Show simple item record Kajembe, G. C. Mbwilo, A. J. Kidunda, R. S. Nduwamungu, J. 2017-03-01T11:14:36Z 2017-03-01T11:14:36Z 2009
dc.description.abstract Conflicts over natural resources such as land, water, and forests are ubiquitous. People everywhere have competed for natural resources to enhance their livelihoods. However, the dimensions, level and intensity of conflict vary greatly from one place to another. This study was conducted in Usangu plains, Mbarali district, Tanzania, to investigate resource use conflicts and their underlying causes. Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) and household survey using a structured questionnaire were the major tools for data collection. Participant observation and secondary data sources were also used to supplement information. The study revealed the existence of resource use conflicts in the area. About 50% of respondents argued that relationships between the various ethnic groups in Usangu plains were bad. Conflicts were centred on competition for water and land. Crop damage was ranked highest (25% of respondents) as a cause behind many conflicts in the area. The study recommends that the government should redefine land tenure and land rights, enhance crop-livestock linkages and carry out a stakeholder analysis in the Usangu plains. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology en_US
dc.subject Conflict resolution en_US
dc.subject Crop-livestock interactions en_US
dc.subject Resource use and tenure en_US
dc.subject Resource use conflicts en_US
dc.subject Usangu plains en_US
dc.subject Tanzania en_US
dc.title Resource use conflicts in Usangu Plains, Mbarali District, Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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