Determinant of community participation in Agricultural projects in Tanzania : A case of Mali-Mbichi Mviwata supported project in Morogoro district

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The study’s main aim was to determine community participation in Mali-mbichi MVIWATA supported project in Morogoro District. The specific objectives of the study were to assess interventions done by MVIWATA in Mali-mbichi project, to assess community participation in Mali-mbichi project cycle and to determine factors affecting community participation in Mali-mbichi project. The study was conducted in two villages (Tandai and Kalundwa) in Kinole ward as the sole beneficiaries of the project. A crosssectional research design was adopted whereby data was collected using a questionnaire from 120 beneficiaries of Mali-mbichi project. Moreover, there were 13 FGDs participants and 5 Key informants. The analysis of quantitative data was done using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) while content analysis was used to analyse qualitative data. It was found that Mali-mbichi members were well participated in interventions of the project. However, there were some factors affecting their participation such as lack of economic support, restrictions of husbands to wives, personal commitments, poor community leadership, conflict of interest, time consuming during implementation which led most of members not being able to participate fully during the project implementation. Moreover, inferential analysis indicated that all six identified factors have a significant statistical (P ≤ 0.05) with participation in the project. Among these six variables only five (lack of economic support, restrictions of husbands to wives, personal commitments, poor community leadership and time consuming) were found to contribute negatively to community participation in the project, and one variable (conflict of interest) was found to have positive influence. It is concluded that, in Mali-mbichi project there is good participation with poor impact on the result of participation. Therefore, it is recommended that MVIWATA and other NGOs should not only focus on participation but also consider the impact of their participation on whether members really benefit from participating in the project or not.


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Community participation, Agricultural projects, Mali-Mbichi, Mvita