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Project Description

The Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI) is a Feed the Future project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It is managed by the Office of International Programs and Agriculture at the Ohio State University (OSU), which coordinates its management activities with the Project Management Unit located at the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Morogoro, Tanzania, under Cooperative Agreement 621-A-00-11-000090-00 with USAID/Tanzania. iAGRI was launched in March 2011 as a five-year project. In May 2015, it was extended to a total of six years. Its institutional partners in Tanzania are the Sokoine University of Agriculture, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives. The amount of the project award is $25.5 million.

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Vision

A food secure Tanzania

Mission

Building a sustainable food system through training, research, outreach and institutional transformation that encompasses private and public sectors

Partnership

iAGRI is a partnership of Tanzanian institutions, principally SUA and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, and a group of six U.S. land grant universities, including the Ohio State University (OSU) as the lead institution, Michigan State University (MSU), University of Florida (UF), Virginia Tech (VT), Tuskegee University (TU), and Iowa State University (ISU).

Objectives

iAGRI aims to “strengthen the capacity of the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives (MAFC) to contribute to the development of effective solutions to address food insecurity in Tanzania.” The following objectives have been laid out in order to be able to achieve the aim:

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Provide advanced degree training in agriculture for 135 Tanzanian graduate students, twenty of them receiving training at the Ph.D. level and 115 at the M.Sc. level.
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Establish a program of agricultural research involving collaboration between and among SUA, MAFC and OSUC representatives
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Strengthen the capacity of SUA to directly develop and implement agricultural instruction, internship, research and outreach programs and to manage change effectively
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Promote cooperation between SUA, US universities and Global South universities

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