Urban Fruit and Vegetable Supply in Dar es Salaam.

Lynch, Kenneth ORCID: 0000-0002-5296-2864 (1994) Urban Fruit and Vegetable Supply in Dar es Salaam. Geographical Journal, 160 (3). pp. 307-318. doi:10.2307/3059612

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This study examines the processes by which fruit and vegetables are distributed to and within an urban environment. It uses an integrated approach to examine in detail the various channels of supply, particularly the role of the legal wholesale market. It argues that adopting a traditional approach to the study of such a highly complex topic, may result in anomalous, or biased results. This paper is based on a wider study which examines the processes of fruit and vegetable production, distribution and marketing in the case of Dar es Salaam. Its results suggest that the informal sector has expanded to take over the increasing demand that the wholesale market, Kariakoo, has been physically unable to deal with. Kariakoo is hindered by insufficient trading floor space, acute congestion, and operating at twice its designed-for capacity since the early 1980s. It estimates that by 1989 the formal sector accounted for only about 50 per cent of the fruit and vegetable wholesaling for the city, the remainder being dealt with by informal wholesalers or being sold by producers or rural-based traders direct to retailers. In addition, the formal sector has become increasingly specialised in its handling of vegetable produce, at the expense of fruit. The evidence suggests that this is a result of complementarity of the facilities offered by the formal wholesale market on the one hand and the more flexible informal sector on the other. The paper concludes by proposing that Kariakoo can best be characterised as operating in competition with the informal sector for wholesale produce. It is therefore proposed that future planning for urban fruit and vegetable marketing, should incorporate this thinking and learn from the operating advantages of each of the different sectors.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Tanzania, food supply, food marketing, fruit and vegetables, informal sector.
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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human geography. Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Kenny Lynch
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2019 09:40
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:59
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/6771

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