The Contribution of Wastewater farming activities to the household wellbeing in Dodoma Municipality, Tanzania
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Abstract: This paper assesses the contribution of wastewater farming activities to the household wellbeing in Dodoma Municipality. Specifically, the study intended to: (i) assess the ability of wastewater users to meet their basic needs (ii) analyse types of assets obtained through wastewater farming activities (iii) assess food security status of wastewater users.. A multi-stage sampling technique was employed to select respondents of the study. The first step involved selection of streets namely Swaswa Bwawani, North and Mbuyuni using purposive sampling technique from which sample households of wastewater users were obtained. The second step was to select household heads involved in wastewater farming activities from the list of wastewater users by using stratified sampling technique. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected from key informants and 204 wastewater users. Data were collected through questionnaires and checklists. Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) was used for descriptive analysis. Results show that only 70.6% of respondents could pay for transport facilities and 59.8% could afford preferred food stuff. Little changes observed to education (16.0%), health facilities (28.9%) and communication (32.85%).Therefore wastewater farmers should improve farming practices such as irrigation technology, use of improved seeds, seek for financial and technical support on crops processing and market acquisition for wastewater product.