https://journals.mocu.ac.tz/index.php/eaj-sas/issue/feed East Africa Journal of Social and Applied Sciences (EAJ-SAS) 2023-06-30T00:00:00+00:00 Dr. John Jackson Iwata chiefeditor_eajsas@mocu.ac.tz Open Journal Systems <p align="justify">The East African Journal of Social and Applied Sciences (EAJ-SAS) is a multidisciplinary and biannual double-blind peer-review Journal that publishes articles online and in print media. Since its establishment, the Journal has provided a platform for researchers and academics to share their research findings, knowledge and experiences through research/scholarly articles, book reviews, article reviews and case commentaries.</p> https://journals.mocu.ac.tz/index.php/eaj-sas/article/view/202 Benefits Associated with Smallholder Farmers’ Participation in Grapes Value Addition: A Case of Dodoma City Jurisdiction, Tanzania 2023-05-03T09:49:45+00:00 Zawadi zawadichacky5@gmail.com Vincent vincent.pande@mocu.ac.tz <p align="justify">This study intended to establish benefits associated with smallholder farmers’ participation in grapes value addition in Dodoma, Tanzania. The study used a cross-sectional research design to get information from respondents. Slovin’s sampling technique was used to get a sample size of 180 respondents. Questionnaire and checklists were the main data collection tools. A gross margin analysis was used to analyse benefits associated with smallholder farmers’ participation in adding value to grapes. Results revealed that profitability differs with the type of value addition practices among smallholder farmers. Raisins were found to have more profit (40%) followed by input usage (16.7%) and the rest were found to have small profit, (10%) for bulk wine and (9% for packing and grading). It was concluded that smallholder farmers who add value to grapes get more profit compared to their counterpart who did not do that. This implies that, there were benefits associated with adding value to grapes. It is recommended that extension services should be provided to smallholder farmers participating in value addition in order to enable them applies adequate value addition methods which will provide them with maximum profit.</p> 2022-12-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 East Africa Journal of Social and Applied Sciences (EAJ-SAS) https://journals.mocu.ac.tz/index.php/eaj-sas/article/view/201 The Influence of Awareness Creation Campaigns on Special Groups’ Participation in Public Procurement Opportunities in Tabora Region, Tanzania 2023-05-03T09:33:41+00:00 Richard Manase nkunda.richard86@gmail.com Alban Dismas albanmchopa@gmail.com <p align="justify">Making public procurement a tool for encouraging special groups’ participation is an interesting agenda from developmental and economic perspectives. The initiative provides a ground for the groups to excel socio-economically. This is after realising there is inadequate participation of special groups in up-taking public procurement opportunities. This study documents the influence of awareness creation on the involvement of special groups in harnessing opportunities in public procurement. A cross-sectional research design was adopted while a sample of 224 respondents was selected using stratified and proportional random sampling techniques. Data was collected through a survey questionnaire and key informant interviews, while descriptive statistics and multiple regression models were used for data analysis. The findings revealed that training of special groups (p=0.015), availability of mentorship forums (p=0.000), and dissemination of information about preference schemes given to special groups (p=0.000) had a significant influence on special groups’ participation in procurement opportunities. The study concludes that awareness creation, mentoring and training had a significant relationship with special groups’ participation in public procurement opportunities. The study recommends that the Local Government Authorities should put more initiatives into creating awareness and enforcing the applicability of preference schemes to the special groups towards harnessing public procurement opportunities.</p> 2022-12-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 East Africa Journal of Social and Applied Sciences (EAJ-SAS)