This blog was written by Katherine Snyder, University of Arizona, as part of the Longterm Livelihood Change in Tanzania project, documenting changes in rural Tanzanian communities. Utilising historic data collected by experienced Tanzanian researchers, changes in wealth and poverty were tracked.

High up on the eastern side of the highlands above the Rift Valley in Central Tanzania is the region of Irqwa Da’aw, (Mama Issara as it is also known locally for the benefit of Swahili speakers) the homeland of the Iraqw (Mbulu) people. At over 2000m above sea level it is a well watered place, with no real dry season and has long been occupied by a Custhitic speaking agro-pastoral people whose assiduous agricultural activity was highly praised by colonial administrators and Tanzanian governments.

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