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International Journal of Agricultural Marketing

The role of middlemen in fresh tomato supply chain in Kilolo district, Tanzania

  *Leonada Mwagike and Ntengua Mdoe

Accepted 10 May, 2015

Citation: Mwagike L, Mdoe N (2015). The role of middlemen in fresh tomato supply chain in Kilolo district, Tanzania. International Journal of Agricultural Marketing, 2(3): 046-056.

Copyright: © 2015 Mwagike and Mdoe. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are cited.


The paper aimed to analyze the role of middlemen in linking smallholder tomato farmers with Dar-es-salaam markets, Tanzania. Semi-structured questionnaires were administered to 133 small vegetable farmers and 109 traders. Data analysis was done using descriptive statistics such as frequencies, percentage, chi-square and one way analysis of variance. The study revealed that majority (58%) of smallholder tomato farmers sold their produce to middlemen due to being geographical separated from the markets, poor local road network and poor access to market information. This study concluded that the use of middlemen to sell tomato produce cannot be avoided unless smallholder farmers are linked with urban markets. In order to enhance farmer’s access to markets, it is recommended that the government should strive to improve feeder roads.  Improvement in feeder roads is likely to bring about large welfare gains in terms of large volumes of tomatoes traded and can make assembling of tomatoes easier and less costly for traders.

Key words: Kilolo, tomato supply chain, Tanzania, smallholder farmers, middlemen