iAGRI implements both long-term and short-term training programs. The goal of the long-term training component is to boost the research, training, and outreach performance of SUA and the research performance of Tanzania’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives (MAFC) by enabling staff of these organizations to complete advanced degrees. The short-term training program provides specialized workshops for students and staff within SUA and MAFC on the latest skills and techniques in agricultural research.
One of iAGRI’s four primary objectives is to establish a program of collaborative research on agriculture and nutrition. To accomplish this goal, iAGRI brings together researchers from Ohio State University Consortium (OSUC) Universities, SUA, and the MAFC to perform research related to eight thematic research areas, which were identified by stakeholders as particularly important to agriculture and food security in Tanzania.
In collaboration with the SUA leadership, iAGRI is helping to strengthen the institutional capacity of the university through a number of leadership development and change management interventions. By supporting organizational experiments with a number of SUA partners, iAGRI has defined and refined a model for institutional transformation that has facilitated improvements in teaching methods, teaching support services, research support services, linkages with the private sector, alumni relations, and management functions.