By Diana Lee-Smith, International Development Research Centre (Canada), Axumite G. Egziabher, Daniel G. Maxwell
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How long have you lived in Dar es Salaam? Most respondents were born in regions contiguous with Dar es Salaam and those that are rich agriculturally, such as Morogoro, Mbeya, Kagera, and Kilimanjaro. Other urban farmers come from all over Tanzania. Eight respondents came from neighbouring countries (Table 6). On ethnicity, I divided the respondents into 10 geographic-tribal clusters (Table 7). The largest proportion of urban farmers comes from the northeastern, northwestern, and southwestern regions of the country.
Respondents perceptions show that those getting the most out of UA are the well-placed people in government and informal employment positions (Table 19). Migrants into the city rather than the native Table 19. Urban farmers perception of who is benefiting most from urban agriculture in Dar es Salaam (N = 260). inhabitants of Dar es Salaam, the Zaramo, Ndengereko, and others were perceived to be benefiting more from UA because they brought with them their farming skills and traditions. Although women household heads are involved in UA a lot, they were not perceived to be benefiting the most.
A In 1993, 575 Tanzanian shillings (TZS) = 1 United States dollar (USD). The daily expenditure on food per urban farmer household (Table 12) give insights on why many urban dwellers in Dar es Salaam engage in UA. Almost 30% of households in each ward reported expenditures on food of 901-1 150 TZS/day (in 1993, 575 Tanzanian shillings (TZS) = 1 United States dollar (USD)). This appears to be the average for the study area as a whole. However, 20% of households spend 1 150-1 400 TZS/day and about 2% spend over 2150.