16 April 2024

Small towns in Tanzania matter to villagers’ ability to cope with climate change!

Climate change

New research has shown that improved connections between towns and villages in Tanzania - such as access to markets, jobs, financial and health services, flows of food and information, etc. – has the potential to improve the living conditions of rural people.

Typical landscape in Mama Isara.
Typical landscape in Mama Isara.

The number of small towns in Tanzania has increased by 300% within the past 20 years. This urban growth have in general had a positive impact on rural villager’s ability to withstand the impacts of changes in climate (rainfall and temperature).

People are living more diverse lives, both in relation to their activities within farming as well as their non-farm activities. Diverse sources of income result in many cases in improved ability to cope with climate change. However, neither government agencies nor the research community has given much attention to this relationship.

The present research on small-town development in Tanzania focuses on the dimension of climate change and its impact on rural areas. We conduct comparative studies of adaptation strategies and policies in two study areas in Tanzania, Itigi District Council (Singida Region) and Mbulu Town Council (Manyara Region).

The Danida funded project is a collaborative research between Danish researchers from University of Copenhagen, and Tanzanian researchers from University of Dar es Salaam, and researchers from the International Institute for Environment and Development, London.

Project title

The Role of Rural-Urban Linkages for Enhanced Climate Resilience” (RUL4CLI)

Contact persons

At University of Copenhagen
Torben Birch-Thomsen (email: tbt@ign.ku.dk)

At University of Dar es Salaam
Pius Yanda (email: pyanda@gmail.com)

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