2 March 2012
The Centre for Development Policy and Research is pleased to announce the publication of Development Viewpoint #71 “The Poverty of the Smallholder Ideal: Highlighting Tanzania’s Rural Labour Market”. The author, Bernd E.T. Mueller, Department of Development Studies, SOAS, uses data from a special 2008 labour market survey in North Tanzania to dispel the common assumption that self-employed smallholder farmers dominate the rural labour force in sub-Saharan Africa. He finds, instead, that wage workers are prevalent, with most of them forced to compete fiercely for low-paid casual manual labour in order to survive.