A history of tea production in Rungwe district from the 1930s to 2010

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University of Dar es Salaam
This dissertation examines a history of tea production in Rungwe District from the 1930s to 2010. It examines the policies which had been introduced by both the British colonial government and Post-colonial government of Tanzania to guide production of the crop. The study discloses major political, socio-cultural, demographic and environmental effects of tea production in Rungwe District. This study uses Dependency and Diffusion approaches to explain the introduction of tea in relationship to encroachment of capitalist economic system in the district. Unstructured oral interviews and documentary sources were employed in the whole process of collecting data. The study sums up that, the introduction and development of tea production by colonial masters and later independent government of Tanzania focused on seeking new sources of capital for the benefits of the metropoles at the expense of welfare of the people of Rungwe District. The study has examined the link of Rungwe District to the world capitalist economic system as capital led to the establishment and extension of tea estates and smallholdings. What should have been done under British colonialism and Post-independence government of Tanzania is to empower the people of the district by allowing a fair involvement of both tea estate owners and smallholders in the business sustainably. This process would have given the majority of tea smallholders an opportunity to improve their wellbeing as human beings.
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History, Tea farming, Rungwe district, Tanzania
Mwakilambo, R. (2014) A history of tea production in Rungwe district from the 1930s to 2010, Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam.