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Knowledge sharing strategies on traditional vegetables for supporting food security in Kilosa District, Tanzania

Monica Samuel Chipungahelo (Library, Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Article publication date: 13 April 2015




The purpose of this paper is to examine knowledge sharing on traditional vegetables for supporting food security among farmers and other communities in Kilosa district, Tanzania.


A case study design was employed. Semi-structured questionnaires with both open- and closed-ended questions were used to collect quantitative data in three wards of Kilosa District in Tanzania. Interviews were used to collect qualitative data from three heads of farmer groups, and direct observation was used to validate findings obtained from questionnaires.


The results showed that farmers used a socialisation approach to share indigenous knowledge about traditional vegetables on production, consumption and preservation.

Research limitations/implications

The study necessitates a need to conduct regular studies on sharing knowledge of traditional vegetables among different communities for supporting food security.

Practical implications

The paper provides a framework for agricultural development planners on how to improve the management of indigenous knowledge on traditional vegetables with scientific knowledge in local communities for improving food security in Tanzania.

Social implications

The paper has an implication for improving knowledge-sharing strategies on traditional vegetables in supporting food security in Tanzania, and other parts of Africa and developed countries. There is a need for knowledge intermediaries to develop knowledge database on production, consumption and preservation of traditional vegetable to increase the dissemination of this knowledge and, hence, improve nutrition and food security.


The paper provides appropriate knowledge-sharing strategies which are needed to improve sharing of indigenous knowledge about traditional vegetables in Tanzania and other developed and developing countries.



The author wishes to express great appreciation to her supervisor Dr Anna Nkebukwa who was very much co-operative in advising and guiding me during the whole process of research work.


Chipungahelo, M.S. (2015), "Knowledge sharing strategies on traditional vegetables for supporting food security in Kilosa District, Tanzania", Library Review, Vol. 64 No. 3, pp. 229-247.



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