Last week the group of interns started our field work in Dar es Salaam. Our research this semester will include expanding the previous study titled “Supermarket Procurement Methods and Practices in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania” in the town of Arusha. The partnership hopes to expand on the previous study to create an array of literature that details food security in East Africa. As urbanization continue in Tanzanian cities, it is important to study how cities and planners can ensure food security for growing populations. December 2015 saw the publication of the Arusha Masterplan, which details how the city will advance infrastructure, land use and transportation to aid in development of the city over the next twenty years.[1]This makes now the perfect time to conduct our study as the city prepares to begin further development.

Because our research is already taking us to Arusha, we will also be completing a case study on the value chain of tomatoes in Tanzania, since Arusha is known in the area for its vast tomato crops. We hope to develop a framework that future interns can follow to complete case studies in Tanzania. Case studies can assist in the understanding of dynamics present within a single setting by combining various data collection methods. [2] Conducting case studies on specific crops in Tanzania will be valuable in analyzing how policy suggestions can benefit smallholder farmers in East Africa.

Although the focus of our two studies will be in Arusha, we began data collection in Dar es Salaam last week to test our Case Study Survey before we head off to Arusha. So far, we have focused on conducting interviews in formal markets. Specifically, we have visited the same supermarkets that the Summer 2015 group of #QEScholars had interviewed for their study.

Initially, we had thought that scheduling interviews with these supermarkets would be easier than starting with informal markets because they had all already been interviewed by interns last year. However, we found this to not hold true as many of the supermarkets have seen new management within the past year who were not familiar with the market’s participation in the past study. From this we learned that it is important to make contact in advance to ensure that the interview process goes over well.

Completing a trial run of the survey has been beneficial in highlighting room for improvement in our survey before we go to Arusha to continue with our research. This past week of data collection has also made us all more comfortable in the interview process and eager to expand the Summer 2015 study in Arusha, Tanzania!

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[2] Kathleen Eisenhardt, “Building Theories from Case Study Research”. The Academy of Management Review, 14, 1 (1989), 534

Also, this past week FAO Tanzania released a National Strategy for Youth Involvement In Agriculture.

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