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Bjärnlid, Hanna, 2014. ”It’s like liberation” : a study of agricultural knowledge dissemination among small-scale farmers in Tanzania. First cycle, G1N, G1F, G2F or GXX ( G2F). Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development

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The following essay is a descriptive and analyzing study in how the local Tanzanian NGO MVIWANYA works to disseminate sustainable agricultural technologies to the farmer households in Rorya District, Mara. It also presents and analyzes the reception and impacts these new technologies have on the households. Information was gathered during two weeks of field work at the organization in Tanzania. It was conducted empirically through interviews with and observations of small-scale farmer members of MVIWANYA and the staff of the organization. The gathered material is analyzed and presented with the help of a theoretical model designed by Birner et al. (2009). The model is intended to be used when studying agricultural advisory services, also called agricultural extension. These terms make up the theoretical framework, together with the term sustainable agriculture, in this essay. The result is that MVIWANYA disseminates sustainable agricultural technologies through a variety of methods that collectively can be termed as agricultural advisory services. This knowledge dissemination is well received by the farmer members, mostly because membership is voluntary.

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Denna uppsats är en beskrivande och analyserande studie i hur en lokal Tanzaniansk NGO (icke-statlig organisation) -MVIWANYA - arbetar för att sprida kunskap om hållbara jordbruksmetoder till jordbrukarhushåll i Rorya distriktet, Mara. Uppsatsens presenterar och analyserar också hur dessa nya metoder påverkar och tas emot av hushållen. Informationen samlades under ett två veckors fältarbete på organisationen i Tanzania. Insamlingen skedde empiriskt genom intervjuer och observationer av och med medlemmarna samt de anställda i MVIWANYA. Det insamlade materialet analyseras och presenteras med hjälp av en teoretisk model utvecklad av Birner et al. (2009). Modellens syfte är att användas när man studerar agricultural advisory services eller agricultural extension. Dessa termer, tillsammans med hållbart jordbruk, utgör denna uppsats teoretiska ramverk. Resultatet visar att MVIWANYA sprider hållbara jordbruksmetoder på ett flertal olika sätt som tillsammans kan definieras som agricultural advisory services. Denna kunskapsspridning tas väl emot av av de småbrukare som är medlemar. Detta framförallt då medlemskap i MVIWANYA är frivilligt.

Main title:”It’s like liberation”
Subtitle:a study of agricultural knowledge dissemination among small-scale farmers in Tanzania
Authors:Bjärnlid, Hanna
Supervisor:Bergman-Lodin, Johanna and Nguvava, Joel
Examiner:Hansen, Kjell
Series:UNSPECIFIED
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2014
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G1N, G1F, G2F or GXX
Student's programme affiliation:NY007 Agriculture Programme - Rural Development 270 HEC
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:rural development, agricultural extension, Tanzania, non-governmental organization
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-3703
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-3703
Subjects:Agricultural research
Rural population
Language:English
Deposited On:09 Sep 2014 11:02
Metadata Last Modified:09 Sep 2014 11:02

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