Community Awareness and Their Response to Bio Fuel Production in Tanzania: A Case of Kisarawe and Singida Districts
International Journal of Research in Pharmacy and Biosciences, Vol. 2. No. 5 Sryahwa publication, pg 49- 57, June 2015
9 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2016
Date Written: July 25, 2015
The papers assess the community awareness and their responses to biofuel production in Tanzania. There is global concern in alternative source of energy as the consumption of fossils fuels increases with the decline of fuel reserves during the last two centuries and especially during the last two decades. It has been assumed that the marginal soils that have failed to support other food crop will support Jatropha farming and therefore improve community income and wellbeing. The in-depth interviews and Focus Group Discussions were employed to find out the reality and people's perception on the biofuel production. Documentary search complimented the primary data in relation to global context. It was observed that in Kisarawe people were in need of income and alternative source of income though they were sceptical on its advantages. Singida showed it clear that biofuel production has no benefit to their community. Land dispossession with very limited or compensation is dominant with unfulfilled promises. It is concluded that the process of the project introduction was not participatory people were considered as recipient and therefore a lot of conflict have emerged and will continue to rise. There is need to adopt the bottom up cum top down approach with clear analysis of viability of the development project for sustainable development.
Keywords: Bio fuel, Community awareness, Response, Livelihood, Tanzania
JEL Classification: Q24, Q42, R20
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