Effectiveness of Consortia Platform in Enhancing Paddy Farmers’ Access to Market in Sengerema, Tanzania
International Journal of Sustainable Development Research
Volume 5, Issue 2, June 2019, Pages: 41-55
Received: May 3, 2019; Accepted: Jun. 18, 2019; Published: Jul. 26, 2019
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Temitope Joseph Musowo, Department of Social Sustainability, Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Olushola Samuel Fadairo, Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Muhoni Leonard, Marketing Infrastructure, Value Addition and Rural Finance (MIVARF), Arusha, Tanzania
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Agriculture has a high potential to contribute to poverty reduction and economic development. The sector in United Republic of Tanzania is however dominated by smallholder farmers whose productivity and income remained stagnated due to many challenges, one of which is poor knowledge of market mechanisms and how to link with buyer groups to sell their produce/products. To address this challenge particularly among paddy (rice) farmers in Sengerema District in Nwanza Region, a market linkage approach known as consortia platform model is being employed. This study investigated the effectiveness of this approach (consortia platform) by identifying the benefits or supports derived by the smallholder paddy farmers and also ascertain the change in productivity leading to improvement in level of sales and profitability as a result of their involvement in the platform. The methodology employed is Experimental and Control variable, to investigate any change in productivity and income of smallholder farmers before and after their membership of the consortia platform. Mixed methods of both qualitative and quantitative were employed to gather data using structured questionnaire, Key Informant Interview (KII), Focused Group Discussion (FGD) while both primary and secondary data were equally gathered. The result clearly showed an improved market opportunities and increased value addition for the famers, which has ultimately resulted to increased incomes of the smallholder producer. These benefits primarily result to: (i) improved access to markets and information; reduced transaction costs, reduced post-harvest losses, enhanced food safety, improved product quality and increased producer (farm gate) price.
Consortia Platform, Smallholder Producers, Paddy Farmers, Access to Market
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Temitope Joseph Musowo, Olushola Samuel Fadairo, Muhoni Leonard, Effectiveness of Consortia Platform in Enhancing Paddy Farmers’ Access to Market in Sengerema, Tanzania, International Journal of Sustainable Development Research. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2019, pp. 41-55. doi: 10.11648/j.ijsdr.20190502.12
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