CALL FOR APPLICATIONS INTENSIVE RESIDENTIAL TRAINING: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE 

                                                                     Morogoro, 1st -10 th September 2021                                 

Voices, needs, and concerns among African producers are hardly a priority in national politics, but whole food systems depend on their produce. The farmers are rarely consulted about food markets and how food gets from producer to consumer, or about their needs to support production and trade. At an international level, the voice of the small producer is virtually non-existent, with markets dominated by large multinationals in the food trade, processing manufacture, and more recently retail. Often, the farmers struggle to feed themselves and their families and end up producing food to meet the demands of far-off markets. Farmers’ organizations like MVIWATA aim at making the voice of farmers heard in everyday politics. Academic researchers can help to this end, by producing research that is informed by the priorities and the agenda of farmers’ organizations. This training, and the research internship program attached to it, aims at strengthening the research skills of young scholars and activists who are interested in working with farmers’ organizations in the longer term. The broader idea is to support the training of the next generation of Tanzanian researchers to develop alternative visions of food and agriculture, with a focus on food sovereignty, in a spirit of service to the farmers’ organizations.

For more information on the application procedure, deadline, guideline, and requirements click the link below.

Call for application advert

 

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

Deadline: 20 th June 2021

SOKOINE UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE (SUA)
DEPARTMENT OF CROP SCIENCE AND HORTICULTURE

PhD. SCHOLARSHIP (ONE POSITION)

The project

“Evidence-based Scaling of Improved On-Farm Storage among Smallholders in Tanzania” (Evidence-based Scaling Up) is a collaborative project between the University of Zurich (Universität Zürich; UZH) (leading institution), ETH Zürich (ISTP), Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT), and Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Tanzania. The project is financially supported by “Liechtensteinischer Entwicklungsdienst” (LED), and a private charitable foundation.

The project aims at sustainable improvement of food security and income of Smallholder farming households in Tanzania through the adoption of hermetic on-farm grain storage. The project builds on the first project phase (2017-2020), which analysed (i) whether and by how much improved on-farm grain storage can reduce seasonal food insecurity for smallholder farming households and (ii) reduce seasonal food price fluctuations in local markets. 

Phase II of the project (2021-2024) will focus on developing pathways to effectively and efficiently promote the adoption of hermetic storage among smallholder farmers in selected regions of Tanzania. The project also aims to analyse potential frictions that hinder smallholder farming households to invest in hermetic storage, including what kind of policies could be implemented to support the adoption of hermetic storage in ways that support rather than interfere with private sector-led efforts. A deeper understanding of smallholders’ risk perception related to an investment in hermetic, along with an experimental analysis of ways that can help to build trust in the technology complements the research goals of the project.  

Within this framework, the project Evidence-based Scaling Up Invites application for a three years PhD scholarship (2021 – April 2023)

The project intends to recruit one PhD students between May, 2021 and December 2023. The PhD student shall be required to help in implementing the participatory field experiments, where different approaches to further the adoption of hermetic storage are tested. The candidate is expected to contribute to preparing and disseminating the results of the research such that insights are used to advocate for policy change or inform programmatic approaches by the private sector and development actors. Specifically, the PhD student will be required to;

  • Help in generating baseline socio-economic information on the project participants, including hermetic storage use,
  • Assist in analysing the effectiveness of different approaches to increase the adoption of hermetic storage (including the deferred payment system and VAT exemption),
  • Assist in the assessment of the socio-economic impact of hermetic storage adoption,
  • Assist in determining the potential economic and health benefits of hermetic storage among smallholders farming communities in the project intervention areas,
  • Support the project consortium in their fieldwork.

The candidate is free, and highly encouraged to suggest additional topics for further research that are relevant for successful completion of the PhD thesis.

Applications from qualified and interested Tanzanians are hereby invited to fill the PhD position in the field specified above. The scholarships will ONLY be considered for applicants who have secured admission or submitted an application for admission into PhD programmes at SUA. The applicant should possess a master of science (MSc.) in Crop Science, MSc. in Agricultural and Applied Economics, Masters in Agriculture Education and Extension or related agriculture-based MSc. degrees with a GPA of ≥3.5 from a reputable university. The applicant must be not older than 45yrs of age at the time this position is applied.

In order to qualify for the scholarship position consideration, you should:

  1. Apply for admission into PhD programme at Sokoine University of Agriculture. Information on procedure and admission requirements is available on SUA website at https://www.sua.ac.tz/announcements/call-applications-admission-higher-degrees-academic-year-20212022. For those who have already applied for admission OR those who were offered admission during the last academic year (2019/2020) should NOT apply again but submit evidence of application/admission with their letters when applying for the scholarship;
  2. Submit your application letter for scholarship consideration to Dr. Ramadhani Majubwa (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) of SUA and copy to the Director, Directorate of postgraduate studies, research, technology transfer and consultancy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The letter should be accompanied by evidence of submission of application for admission into PhD programme OR letter of admission into PhD programme at SUA that is still active. The applicant MUST also submit his/her curriculum vitae, and a motivation letter scanned copies of transcripts and certificates from recognized Universities. 

The deadline for scholarship application is at midnight (0:00hrs) 20th June 2021. Only shortlisted applicants for a PhD will be invited for an interview.
 

 

 

ACADEMIC ADVISOR  ALLOCATION

S/N

NAME OF STUDENT

REGISTRATION NUMBER

NAME OF ADVISOR

1

MKUBULO THOMAS

HOT/D/2020/0109

 

2

ALLY MOSHI

HOT/E/2020/0155

3

AMUA JIMSON SANGA

HOT/D/2020/0112

4

HAULE JACOB DEO

HOT/E/2020/0156

5

LIHAWA EZRA PATRICK

HOT/D/2020/0111

6

MABENA ABDUL ABASSI

HOT/E/2020/0093

7

MTITU IRENIO LIWIS

HOT/D/2020/0110

DR. LIBERATUS D. LYIMO

8

SANGA SAMUEL BENTHO

HOT/D/2020/0107

 

9

LUCAS EZEKIEL BONIPHACE

HOT/D/2020/0019

10

OMARY KHATWIBU KHALIFA

HOT/D/2020/0220

11

NGAO ADIJA O

AGC/D/2019/0106

12

NJOLE SIFA ZABRON

AGC/E/2019/0181

13

KYAPELA AKIDA J

AGC/D/2019/0148

14

MWASHITETE JACKLINE B

AGC/D/2019/0044

   
       
  • You are advised to book an appointment and meet with your Advisor soon after receiving this list, do not wait until you have problems to knock your advisor‘s door.

On the 28th May 2021 His Excellency the Chancellor of Sokoine University of Agriculture, Hon.(Rrd Judge & Former PM of the United Republic of Tanzania)  Joseph Sinde Warioba conferred degree and non-degree to a total of 149 graduates (Ph.D., Master, Bachelor, Diploma, and Certificates). The mid-year graduation was conducted for the first time this year aims at allowing opportunities for students who complete their studies early and those who miss the annual graduation event in November to carry on with their endeavors.

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Prof. Kalunde P. Sibuga from the Department of Crop Science and Horticulture giving Proctor's speech during the graduation ceremony.

A total of six students graduated with Master of Crop Science in various specializations, two with Bachelor of Science Horticulture and six with Bachelor of science Agriculture General respectively. We congratulate all the graduates and wish them the best in their new phase of life. We urge them to call again for further studies at the Department of Crop Science and Horticulture.

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Follow your passion. It will lead you to your purpose. – Oprah Winfrey

 

The closure of Sokoine Memorial week celebrations at SUA on 27th May 2021 was graced by His Excellence Dr. Philip Mpango, the Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania (URT), following a warm gesture of welcome from Hon. Prof. Joyce Ndalichako (MP), the Minister for Education Science and Technology. Prof. Ndalichako emphasized the significant role that SUA is playing to Tanzania and the world at large in honor of the former Prime Minister of the URT. She also insisted on the importance and significance of research and innovations that were showcased during memorial week.

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His Excellency Dr. Philip Mpango, the Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania (URT).

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  Hon. Prof. Joyce Ndalichako (MP), the Minister for Education Science and Technology.

The Minister’s remarks were preceded by the Vice Chancellor’s speech, Prof. Raphael Chibunda's speech that detailed the connections between SUA and Hon. Edward Sokoine. He explained in detail to why the event was being celebrated. The Department of Crop Science and Horticulture (DCSH) showcased various innovations. The innovations included but not limited to the high-yielding and disease-resistant banana variety (FHIA 17), an early maturing rice variety (Mwangaza), mobile plant disease diagnostic laboratory, and grafted/budded fruit seedlings. These innovations attracted most attendants to the DCSH pavilion.

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If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done. -Thomas Jefferson

 

The DCSH is currently participating in the Sokoine memorial week which is held at Sokoine University of Agriculture from 24th-27th May 2021. The theme of the week is “Agricultural Technologies, Productivity and Market Competitiveness in Tanzania:   Towards an Upper-Middle-Income Country”.The week's activities involve exhibitions of agricultural technologies, sports, and games, hospital services, animal hospital services, blood donation, and a Scientific Conference.

The opening ceremony was commenced by Hon.Mashimba Mashauri Ndaki the Minister for Livestock and Fisheries.

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Dr Kudra Abdul , head of DCSH in the middle Prof.Raphael Chibunda Vice-Chancellor explaining about seedlings production at SUA and Hon.Mashimba M.Ndaki , the Minister for Livestock and Fisheries.

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For our beloved first year students, as you start this academic journey 2021/2023 you are safe under the wings of DCSH.

The academic journey is not always smooth, therefore you need someone to guide your carrier pathway and advise you on certain matters. Keep calm and meet with your academic advisor.

Academic advisors provide intensive advising support through regular contact with their advisees. Advisors help students explore their academic interests, identify resources for additional information and support, and develop plans of study appropriate for their educational goals. They also refer students to other campus offices for assistance in academic, personal,  career counseling, and academic skills development.

 

Click the links below to download the names of academic advisors as per your degree program.

BSc AGRICULTURE GENERAL YEAR 1

BSc CROP PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT YEAR 1

BSc HORTICULTURE YEAR 1

 “The future depends on what you do today.” – Mahatma Gandhi

DCSH Sports Bonanza was held on 7th February 2021 to strengthen the social bond between the Department of Crop Science and the Department of Soil and Geological  Science. The Bonanza was sponsored by a betting company WIN PRINCESS. We are grateful to our sponsors and we appreciate their contribution to sports and fitness to the youths.

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Various games were performed such as football, volleyball, and rope pulling game. Ladies from BSc. Agriculture general won against BSc.Horticulture in the rope pulling game. In the football game BSc.Agriculture general lost the game to BSc.Agronomy by accepting 4-2 goals scores.On the other game BSc.Agriculture general and BSc.Horticulture drew in the match by a 1-1 goal score. Lastly, the match between BSc.Horticulture and BSc.Agronomy ended up by BSc.Horticulture lost to BSc.Agronomy by 2-0 goals scores making the guest team BSc.Agronomy the WINNER.

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Ladies from BSc.Agriculture general before the match, they WON against BSc.Horticulture.

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Some funny photos after the bonanza.

 

 “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” – Dean Karnazes