Human Ecology

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 311–327

Nutritional implications of staple food crop successions in Usambara, Tanzania

  • Patrick Fleuret
  • Anne Fleuret

DOI: 10.1007/BF01560998

Cite this article as:
Fleuret, P. & Fleuret, A. Hum Ecol (1980) 8: 311. doi:10.1007/BF01560998


Archival and ethnographic research carried out in northeastern Tanzania provides evidence of significant changes in production and consumption of staple food crops between 1850 and the present. The banana, which provided the bulk of calories and other nutrients in precolonial times, has been successively replaced by Irish potatoes, maize, and cassava in different localities. The reasons for the adoption of each of these introduced crops are explored, and their implications for human nutrition in the area are discussed.

Key words

agriculture nutrition food preferences Tanzania 

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Fleuret
    • 1
    • 2
  • Anne Fleuret
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Bureau for Program and Policy CoordinationUnited States Agency for International DevelopmentWashington, D.C.
  2. 2.Social Process Research InstituteUniversity of CaliforniaSanta Barbara
  3. 3.California State UniversityLos Angeles
  4. 4.Anthropology ProgramNational Science FoundationUSA