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Jonsson, Linda, 2017. From seed to soap : a study of seaweed farming on Zanzibar and how foreign investments can createemployment opportunities for independent female seaweed farmers. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development

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Zanzibar is the world’s third biggest exporter of seaweed but the industry is currently facing challenges such as rising sea temperatures and falling market prices. Today, independents female seaweed farmers live on the border of the extreme poverty line and are struggling with hazardous working conditions. The Seaweed Center in Paje village on the southeast coast of Zanzibar was established in 2011 by a foreign investor called the Rylander Foundation to create employment opportunities for independent female seaweed farmers. Instead of exclusively producing raw dried seaweed the center has provided the employees with material necessary to produce value-added products, such as soap, for export. Humanitarian investments with a people-over-profit approach has resulted in a holistic business model where identifying the capitals and capabilities of people living in the area of implementation has resulted in responsible investments, both socially and environmentally. More innovative investments like these are needed in order to keep the seaweed industry alive and flourish.

Main title:From seed to soap
Subtitle:a study of seaweed farming on Zanzibar and how foreign investments can createemployment opportunities for independent female seaweed farmers
Authors:Jonsson, Linda
Supervisor:Lövgren, Johan
Examiner:Landström, Katarina and Bartholdson, Örjan
Series:UNSPECIFIED
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2017
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM009 Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:Zanzibar, Paje village, seaweed farming, employment opportunity, natural resource management, rural development
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-7078
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-7078
Subjects:Energy resources management
Renewable energy resources
Language:English
Deposited On:21 Sep 2017 11:32
Metadata Last Modified:21 Sep 2017 11:32

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