The role of women in the promotion of agriculture and industrial development in Tanzania has recently become paramount. The existing studies on the role of women in agriculture sector have dominantly focused on challenges and opportunities and ignored the determinants and extent of their participation in agro-processing sector. This study was therefore set to examine the determinants and extent of Women participation in Agro-Processing Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. Using a cross-sectional research design, the study gathered data from a total of 184 women agro-enterprises SMEs in Dar es Salaam. The analysis employed Double hurdle model for the determinants of participation in the first stage (probit model). This was followed by determining the extent of participation by using Truncated Regression Model. The study found that, different socio-economic and institutional factors affect participation and extent of women participation in agro-processing activities. Based on these findings, the study recommends policy that supports inclusion of women in the agro-processing sector; strengthen Women groups and cooperatives at the processing level and provide expert visits and consultations. Such measures will certainly facilitate a significant improvement in the agro-processing sector. The study further capitalizes the need for capacity building in entrepreneurship and agro-processing and coordinated institutions and policies to support women engagement in agro-processing activities.
The overall objective of this research project is to identify institutional bottlenecks that limit competitiveness and enterprise development in the productive sectors– and the enabling policy framework to address them effectively. Specifically, the research project will seek to undertake three objectives, namely (i) Analysis of the institutional framework for enterprisedevelopment and competitiveness; (ii) Analysis of […]
How Countries are Performing on the Road to Recovery The deep economic recession triggered by COVID-19 continues to have profound economic and social consequences. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, unemployment rates have rapidly increased in most developing and advanced economies, and poverty rates have begun to rise again, reversing the gains achieved over the […]
Youth unemployment has become the biggest development challenge in Tanzania. Young people have few opportunities to learn skills so as to help them start and sustain their established micro and small enterprises and, therefore, the majority of youth-owned enterprises do not survive beyond one year. This research aimed at assessing the youth skills landscape and […]
Analysis of farm and non-farm occupational choices among youth in rural Tanzania The agricultural sector in rural Tanzania is practiced more by elderly people than by the youth. This study examined the determinants of youth occupational choice between farming and non-farming in rural Tanzania. Specifically, the study intended to establish the trend of farming and […]