Linking smallholders with trans-national agribusiness through contract farming : pro-poor growth or dependency? : a gender-differentiated study of equity, poverty and food security outcomes in Tanzanian peasant communities

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dc.contributor.advisor Devlin, John F. (John Frederick), 1951-
dc.coverage.spatial Tanzania
dc.creator Khalfan, Mehreen
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-17T18:24:10Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-17T18:24:10Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.other HD2128.5 K48 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/24951
dc.description 165 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm. en_CA
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 156-162).
dc.description.abstract Contract farming--through which producers are integrated into commodity chains through direct supply agreements with agribusiness--is increasingly prominent in `the new agriculture' promoted by major development actors. The Tanzanian government has cemented a rural development strategy prioritizing private sector-led growth, particularly through contract farming. While it is often framed as an optimal poverty-reduction model, concerns have been identified about less-quantifiable costs for farmers. Research was conducted in Iringa District among smallholders contracting with tobacco TNCs. A qualitative, gender-differentiated approach guided exploration of the potential of contract farming to generate pro-poor outcomes. The impacts on food security, poverty, and equity, and the dynamics of dependency and vulnerability identified demonstrate that contract farming fails as a development strategy in Iringa. It is argued that the language of `pro-poor' growth is being misappropriated by state and international actors promoting contract farming. Recommendations are made for policy, alternatives and mitigation measures. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University en_CA
dc.subject.lcc HD2128.5
dc.subject.lcsh Contracts, Agricultural -- Tanzania
dc.subject.lcsh Agricultural industries -- Tanzania
dc.subject.lcsh International business enterprises -- Tanzania
dc.subject.lcsh Rural development -- Tanzania
dc.title Linking smallholders with trans-national agribusiness through contract farming : pro-poor growth or dependency? : a gender-differentiated study of equity, poverty and food security outcomes in Tanzanian peasant communities en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in International Development Studies
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline International Development Studies Program
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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