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Farmers’ preferential choice decisions to alternative cassava value chain strands in Morogoro rural district, Tanzania

Sewando, Ponsian T. and Mdoe, N. Y. S. and Mutabazi, K. D. S (2011): Farmers’ preferential choice decisions to alternative cassava value chain strands in Morogoro rural district, Tanzania.

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Abstract

The study was conducted to determine farmers’ preferential choice decision of alternative cassava value chain strands and as well as factors behind such decisions in Morogoro rural District, Tanzania. Factor analysis was first used to reduce and identify the factors (variables for further analysis whereby the factors with highest eigen-value were applied to develop factor scores to measure the attitudinal variables. Results indicate that farmers have positive risk attitude towards participation in the alternative cassava value chain strands for commercialization. A count data model known as Poisson model was applied to determine the factors which influenced this attitude. Results indicated that farm size, experience, female-headed households and land-holding had influenced the farmers’ preferential choice decision. Recommendations for enhancing farmers’ participation in profitable cassava value chain strands are strengthening coordination, provision of improved cassava varieties and introduction of cassava processing technologies.

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