Department of Animal Science Outreach and Training
Poultry production in Tanzania is faced with many challenges including poor housing, low genetic potential, low productivity, poor nutrition, diseases, and low sanitation standards. To address these constraints, SUA’s Department of Animal Science and Production began an adaptive research trial with support from iAGRI, MORAGG CO Ltd, International Tanfeeds Ltd., Afrivet Business Management PTY Ltd., and affiliates. The partnership provided SUA with chick housing, feed, essential minerals, vitamins, drugs, and vaccines to be tested in a portable chicken house, known as NKONO, that was designed by Afrivet. The trials were carried out at SUA in 2 cycles from April to July 2015 to ascertain whether these inputs meet the Tanzanian conditions.
Current Status – Active
Findings from the adaptive research trial were incorporated into a Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop, which was held from 28-30 September, 2015. Based on the success of that workshop, SUA is working to sustainably adapt the model and institutionalize it within the department, including developing training guidelines and manual. The training program will apply innovative systems to facilitate establishment of necessary support systems in order to provide sufficient basic poultry services, such as veterinary drugs; feed and poultry equipment; extension and business development services; markets and marketing; and record keeping skills.
Key Actors at SUA
Prof. Nazael Madalla, Head, Department of Animal Science & Production
Innovation Portfolio Manager Maria Mullei
Start date of the first ‘Conversation that Matters’: 19 February, 2015
Stage 1 – Conversations That Matter
In April 2015, iAGRI’s Innovation Portfolio partnered with MORAGG, AgriVet, TanFeeds, and the Department of Animal Sciences with the objective to identify best practices in poultry production and take those practices to Tanzanian farmers through outreach and training. A contract specified who would do what by when, including a training of trainers at the end of the research phase. The conversation ended with an agreement to bring in a South African trainer to provide an initial training of trainers for broiler production.
Stage 2 – Ways That Work
The planning team created a schedule and a training manual for delivering the TOT, which was held October 28-30, 2015. The model tested in the TOT was successful, and a team has been assembled to adapt the model into a sustainable solution to be institutionalized within the department. A training program implementation plan is currently being created. It will document everything that needs to be done to design the training, identify and agree with clients, provide training, and manage the administrative aspects of managing a training program.