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After Ujamaa: Farmer Needs, Nurseries and Project Sustainability in Mwanza, Tanzania

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Guggenberger, C.; Ndulu, P.; Shepherd, Gill
Date: 1989
Agency: Social Forestry Network, Overseas Development Institute, London
Series: Network Paper 9c
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5470
Sector: Forestry
Region: Africa
Subject(s): farm forestry
social forestry
Abstract: "The Sukuma of Mwanza live near the south-east corner of Lake Victoria, occupying an area of low hills surmounted by granite outcrops, and separated by wide grassy valleys. In times gone by the rocky hilltops were covered in trees, homesteads and fields were to be found scattered down the hill slope, the seasonally wet valleys were used to grow rice and sweet potatoes, and cattle were grazed on valley edges in the dry season and on hill fallows and hill tops in the rains. The ideal holding was a wedge of land running from hilltop to valley centre. Because there was ample land, the most valued store of wealth for the Sukuma was cattle, which were and for some still are the substance and the currency of many social and economic transactions."

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