Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation

Prosperity in Rural Africa?: Insights into Wealth, Assets, and Poverty from Longitudinal Studies in Tanzania

Dan Brockington and Christine Noe


What does it mean to say that rural areas of Africa are poor? Many people insist that in rural African populations poverty is prevalent. This is either because the smallholder agricultural practices are unproductive or it is because economic policies have not protected and promoted African farming. But whether this deprivation is the fault of the peasant, or the government, both sides agree on the facts of rural poverty. However in both cases rural poverty is described using measures which make it hard, if not impossible, to capture new forms of wealth that rural people may be accruing. These ... More

Keywords: assets, poverty, prosperity, rural areas, Tanzania, agriculture, longitudinal research

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198865872
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198865872.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dan Brockington, editor
Director of the Sheffield Institute of International Development, University of Sheffield

Christine Noe, editor
Associate Professor, University of Dar es Salaam

Show Summary Details



1 Understanding Long-Term Change in Rural Tanzania

Dan Brockington and Christine Noe

Part I The Role of Assets in Understanding Social Change in Rural Tanzania: Theoretical and Methodological Reflections

2 Assets, Prosperity, and Data in Rural Africa

Dan Brockington and Christine Noe

3 The Multiple Meanings of Prosperity and Poverty in Tanzania

Olivia Howland, Christine Noe, and Dan Brockington

4 Assets and Domestic Units

Dan Brockington, Ernestina Coast, Anna Mdee, Olivia Howland, and Sara Randall

Part II Case Studies of Change

6 ‘Modern’ Farming and the Transformation of Livelihoods in Rural Tanzania

Katherine A. Snyder, Emmanuel Sulle, Deodatus A. Massay, Anselmi Petro, Paschal Qamara, and Dan Brockington

7 Women’s Tears or Coffee Blight?

Christine Noe, Olivia Howland, and Dan Brockington

9 Self-Made Farmers and Sustainable Change?

Wilhelm Östberg, Joseph Mduma, and Dan Brockington

10 Prosperity, Equality, and Power

Vesa-Matti Loiske and Dan Brockington

11 Ricing Fortunes

Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt, Ellen Hillbom, and Elibariki Msuya

12 Involution and Enterprise in Rural Areas

Stefano Ponte and Dan Brockington

15 Improved Livelihoods on Less Land

Torben Birch-Thomsen and Esbern Friis-Hansen

Part III Conclusions

17 Telling the Stories of Asset Accumulation

Christine Noe and Dan Brockington


Christine Noe, Stefano Ponte, Dan Brockington, Anna Mdee, Cosmas Sokoni, Esbern Friis-Hansen, Verdiana Tilumanywa, Katherine A. Snyder, Emmanuel Sulle, Willie Östberg, Vesa-Matti Loiske, Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt, and Torben Birch-Thomsen

End Matter