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Competition between bananas and coffee on smallholder farms in Tanzania: a case study of the Kagera region Banana production and research in Eastern and Central Africa. Proceedings

by Tibaijuka, A; IDRC, Ottawa (Canadá).
Series: Manuscript Report - International Development Research Centre (Canadá).Publisher: Ottawa (Canadá) 1985Description: p. 89-101.Subject(s): COFFEA | MUSA | EXPLOTACION EN PEQUEÑA ESCALA | ARRENDAMIENTO | RENDIMIENTO | TANZANIA | ADOPCION DE INNOVACIONES | SOCIOLOGIA ECONOMICA | KAGERA | COFFEA | MUSA | LEASES | YIELDS | TANZANIA | INNOVATION ADOPTION | ECONOMIC SOCIOLOGY | COFFEA | MUSA | BAIL | RENDEMENT | TANZANIE | ADOPTION DE L'INNOVATION | SOCIOLOGIE ECONOMIQUE In: Summary: This case study investigated kibanja holdings (a coffee-banana holding) of 1.6 ha general average, of 200 households, representing 10 villages in Kagera region, Tanzania. Coffee was grown on 95 of the holdings (on 100 in 5 villages). Coffee yield had declined drastically because of the old age of trees, farmers' negligence and increased pest infestations. Farmers uprooted coffee without replanting. Banana, the principal staple food, was grown by all smallholders. The crop suffered seriously from weevils and nematodes which reduced yields by 20 to 95. The nature of competition between the 2 crops and factors that had increased this competition are discussed. Some technical directions are suggested and policy recommendations are given. (ATA 12(7):59261. 1987)
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This case study investigated kibanja holdings (a coffee-banana holding) of 1.6 ha general average, of 200 households, representing 10 villages in Kagera region, Tanzania. Coffee was grown on 95 of the holdings (on 100 in 5 villages). Coffee yield had declined drastically because of the old age of trees, farmers' negligence and increased pest infestations. Farmers uprooted coffee without replanting. Banana, the principal staple food, was grown by all smallholders. The crop suffered seriously from weevils and nematodes which reduced yields by 20 to 95. The nature of competition between the 2 crops and factors that had increased this competition are discussed. Some technical directions are suggested and policy recommendations are given. (ATA 12(7):59261. 1987)

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