Professor Daniel Brockington, The University of Manchester
Start: Jan 2015 | End: Oct 2015
Many African economies are growing rapidly and there are signs of prosperity in rural and urban regions. Cheaper technology (mobile phones, motorbikes and improved seed varieties) are reaching all but the remotest parts of many countries.
Blog: Resurveying domestic units in Gitting
Blog: LCT's introductory workshop at the ESRF Dar es Salaam
Blog: Tech your methods: using open data kit for domestic unit surveys
Blog: The great big list of Vitongoji
Blog: Tomatoes and Tengas - fieldwork in Ikuwala village
Blog: The land of potatoes, tea, and trees - 'roots' out of poverty?
Blog: Dodoma to Babati - a photo blog
Blog: From Pyramid to 'pointed egg'? Preliminary observations on long-term rural livelihoods and wealth segmentation in Morogoro, Tanzania
Blog: Coffee break - potentials and pitfalls for Meru farmers' prosperity
However it is not always clear how inclusive and pro-poor this growth is. It is all too easy for the benefits of improved agricultural production, for example, to be concentrated on relatively few wealthy farmers and even to be instrumental in creating rural deprivation and landlessness.
In the absence of viable alternatives to agriculture, those without land become a rural proletariat with no long term prospects or prosperity. In this context, the key issue is what assets the rural poor can build up during periods of national economic growth.
This project will make use of unusually good records of survey data in Tanzania to provide the insights of qualitative data across a sufficiently large area and contribute constructively to the findings of quantitative panel data. A number of communities in different parts of Tanzania - from whom data on household assets were collected in the 1990s - will be revisited. Assets will be surveyed and then explored through a detailed qualitative interview. This data will provide a rich and detailed picture into the village-, household-, and sub-household-level dynamics of poverty and poverty reduction.