Improved Livelihoods on Less Land: The Case of Ilambilole and Ikuwala Villages in Iringa Region, 1996–2017

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The chapter traces the changing economic history of two villages from their status as frontier settlements with abundant land in the 1950s, to poor farming areas ill-endowed with infrastructure, to more prosperous settlements benefitting from commercialized tomato cultivation and good road connections to the regional capital. The wealth is visible in the larger number of higher-quality houses which are being constructed. There are also changes in local perceptions of what wealth and poverty mean. Finally the chapter presents different sorts of strategies which capture the ways in which residents have responded to the opportunities and circumstances around them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProsperity in Rural Africa? : Insights into Wealth, Assets, and Poverty from Longitudinal Studies in Tanzania
EditorsDan Brockington, Christine Noe
Number of pages23
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date2021
ISBN (Print)9780198865872
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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