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Journal of the Geographical Association of Tanzania

Mapping Poverty, Vulnerability and resource rights in Kilindi district, Tanzania

Authors: Milline Jethro Mbonile, Abdallah Mkindi, Cosmas Hassan Sokoni, Philip Mwanukuzi

Journal: Journal of the Geographical Association of Tanzania

The main objective of the study was to map poverty at sub-village and village levels in Kilindi District in Tanga region, Tanzania. Disaggregated poverty maps like these are very useful in showing the spatial distribution of poverty at micro level which can lead to effective poverty reduction intervention measures. A sample of 391 households was collected from five villages located along the road and off-road of Handeni-Songe road. The poverty mapping results indicated that the study villages had better food security because of adopting new varieties of crops especially beans followed by asset and income poverty indicators. Medium poverty was observed in energy and transport. However, the villages had very high poverty in health and sanitation and so require more intervention measures from the Government and Civil Society Organizations. The overall poverty mapping indicators showed that Mafisa Village was better off when compared to other villages in terms of poverty. The level of poverty was very high in Kibirashi and Balang’a villages which had a high proportion of Maasai pastoralists.