Farmers versus big business: the politics of irrigation in Tanzania

The narrow Uluguru mountain paths in eastern Tanzania are crisscrossed by a spaghetti of hosepipes drawing water from the mountain rivers for the sprinklers on the terraced fields of Choma. Carrots, herbs, chillies, passion fruit, raspberries, strawberries and many other crops all grow here. Farmers say that the sprinklers – in place since 2004 – in combination with organic farming techniques, have helped them to invest in transport, send children to school, and improve their housing.


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