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Title:Farm intensification and milk market expansion in Meru, Tanzania
Author:Hillbom, EllenISNI
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:dairy farms
dairy industry
agricultural intensification
agricultural market
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/african_studies_review/v054/54.1.hillbom.pdf
Abstract:In Meru, Tanzania, technological and institutional change has turned milk into one of the most reliable and important sources of income for smallholder households. Decades of increased population density have caused land scarcity, leading smallholders to intensify their farming methods and land use, including introducing stall-fed exotic breeds of dairy cows. Meanwhile, a growing urban and rural demand has resulted in a significant market expansion for milk and increasing cash incomes for smallholders. Both farm intensification and market expansion are bottom-up processes of change driven primarily by smallholders. These factors make the livestock sector in Meru an interesting example of broad-based agricultural development. Bibliogr., ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]