Factors influencing sustainability of micro-projects under the district agricultural development plans (dadps): a case study of Songea District, Ruvuma Region, Tanzania

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Sokoine University of Agriculture


The main objective of the study was to assess factors that influence sustainability of DADPs micro projects in selected villages of Mletele and Mwanamonga in Songea district, Ruvuma region. Specific objectives of the study were to: identify and describe the factors that influence sustainability of DADPs micro projects, assess the perception of farmers on the sustainability of DADPs micro projects and propose sound strategies that will enhance sustainability of DADPs micro projects. A cross sectional design was employed for the study. Stratified random sampling using a table of random numbers was used for the selection of respondents from the sampling frame whereby a sample size of 80 respondents was selected. Data were collected through personal interviews with selected farmers. Findings show that factors influencing sustainability of DADPs micro projects were poor preparation for DADPs, short duration for trainings provided on DADP micro projects, poor follow up of micro projects, lack of competent leaders, and improper group formation. Based on the findings of the study the, following strategies for enhancing sustainability of the DADPs micro projects in Songea district are recommended: Participatory planning should be encouraged in planning of the DADPs, proper farmer group formation should be encouraged, study tours and farmer field days should be adopted as extension methods and FFS should be the basis for agricultural extension methods dissemination.


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Micro-projects, Agricultural development, Songea District, Ruvuma Region, Tanzania, Development projects' sustainability