Job opportunities at Tanzania Spices Associations 2023


Job opportunities at Tanzania Spices Associations

Spices were brought to Tanzania and the rich, fertile soils of Zanzibar a thousand years ago. They have been a core part of its people, history and economy ever since. In the 8th century, Persian traders reached East Africa, building stone settlements for the first time on Zanzibar. They also brought Islam to the region and in 1107AD, the first mosque in the southern hemisphere was built on Unguja island. The Persians favoured coastal regions with their protected harbours for trading, over the African interior.

They began exporting products such as gold, tortoiseshell, rhino horn and ivory. They also found that Tanzania’s tropical climate and rich soils were perfect for growing a range of spices, including cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. Later, the Portuguese and Chinese introduced garlic, cacao and chilli. Over the years, spice production increased, elevating the colonial importance of the ‘spice islands’ of Zanzibar, and Tanganyika [mainland Tanzania] by extension. They had become part of the all-important and highly contested spice trade. The spice trade was essentially the beginning of globalization. Spices were considered one of the world’s most prized commodities, even rivalling gold. Spices were used in a range of daily and luxury products, from perfumes and incense, to curing and preserving fresh meat, and in cooking.

Job opportunities at Tanzania Spices Associations

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