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Sustainable Food Production: Farmers’ management of their agroforestry  systems in Tanzania.
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The future of food production contains some challenges. The production needs to increase in order to feed a growing population, but at the same time there is an increased need to transi- tion to more sustainable ways of cultivation. This can be a challenge since increased intensity and sustainability is not always compatible. Agroforestry systems have shown potential as sustainable food production system in previous research. The area where this study was con- ducted, Haraa in Babati District, has a long history of agroforestry. The aim of this study was to answer what resources agroforestry farmers used to manage their farms, to determine if the agroforestry systems could be regarded as sustainable. Circular economy was used as a theo- retical framework and resource flow as an analytical tool. This study investigated how the resource flow looked like on six agroforestry farms in a Haraa, a village in Tanzania. The empirical data was gathered with semi-structured interviews from 8 informants. The analysis showed that the farmers were dependent on few external resources and could produce or pre- form most of the needed resources inside their own system. The farms had a circular flow to a large extent, but some of the farms have room for improvement in the management regarding sustainability.

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2015. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
agriculture, circular economy, Babati district, Haraa, inputs
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-27911OAI: diva2:839611
Subject / course
Environment and development
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2015-07-06 Created: 2015-07-03 Last updated: 2015-07-06Bibliographically approved

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