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Title:Forest products and rural income in Tanzania from a methodological perspective in estimation
Author:Mgeni, A.S.M.
Periodical:Discovery and Innovation (ISSN 1015-079X)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Tanzania
East Africa
Subjects:household income
forest resources
rural households
Agriculture, Agronomy, Forestry
forest products
rural development
food security
Abstract:Forest resources play a role in Tanzania's economic development by providing woodfuel, timber, and poles, and nonwood products such as fodder, fruits, nuts, herbal medicines and wild foods. Forest products, ranging from honey, mushrooms, wild fruits, and prawns and fish from the mangroves, are gathered for both subsistence and sale. The forest sector also contributes to food security by maintaining a stable environment necessary for agriculture and livestock production systems. Many small-scale rural enterprises and cottage industries are based on forest resources, including charcoal production, pit sawing, carpentry and arts and crafts. However reliable statistics on forestry and its contribution to national development are scarce. This marginalizes the importance of the sector in national development. The main problem is how to quantify some of the forest products in monetary terms. At the same time an understanding of household behaviour is critical in determining forestry-based rural incomes. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French.