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Heifer In-trust schemes and incomes of smallholder households in the Highland and Semi-arid regions of Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Msangya, M. L.
dc.contributor.author Urassa, J.K.
dc.contributor.author Mahonge, C.P.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-11T14:51:08Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-11T14:51:08Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/823
dc.description 18p en_US
dc.description.abstract Poor household incomes are a major challenge to smallholder farming households’ expenses in Tanzania including Njombe and Shinyanga regions. The Heifer In-trust Schemes (HIS) were introduced in these regions purposely to enable vulnerable households to improve their food and income security hence raising such households’ purchasing power. The study’s main objective was to assess the role of the HIS to smallholder households’ major expenditures in the above-mentioned areas. Specifically, the study aimed at exploring the assets and income acquired through the beneficiary household’s involvement in the HIS and at examining their ability to meet children’s educational and households' health costs. The study adopted a cross-sectional design whereby data were collected from 402 randomly selected HIS beneficiaries’ households using a structured questionnaire. In addition, nine focus group discussions involving 135 discussants were conducted to complement information collected through the questionnaire. Children’s education, assets acquisition and food accounted for 36.2, 24.3 and 10.5% of the income accrued from the HIS dairy enterprise. The benefits in Njombe (a highland area) and Shinyanga (a semi arid area) zones were similar. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Livestock Research for Rural Development en_US
dc.subject Heifer In-trust Schemes en_US
dc.subject Households income en_US
dc.subject Income security en_US
dc.subject Smallholder farming househods en_US
dc.subject Njombe en_US
dc.subject Shinyanga en_US
dc.title Heifer In-trust schemes and incomes of smallholder households in the Highland and Semi-arid regions of Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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