Collaborative Research Projects

Brings together research partners from the SUA, MAFC, and the OSUC to conduct research projects addressing agricultural and nutritional issues in Tanzania

Collaborative Research is iAGRI’s second objective, designed to enhance linkages between SUA and other research institutions while advancing a common research agenda based on shared priorities. In 2012, iAGRI led a participatory process that identified eight broad research priorities, namely crop improvement; value chain management (value addition, post harvest management, bulking and packaging and marketing); climate change; gender and agricultural productivity; water resources management; policy analysis (focusing on agriculture-related policies); extension systems; nutrition and food science.

A first phase of collaborative research projects was launched in 2013. Research proposals that addressed one of the eight research areas were solicited and evaluated on a competitive basis. Eight teams were selected to receiving funding beginning in June 2013 for a period of two years. Each team brought together members from the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), the Ohio State University Consortium (OSUC) and the Ministry of Food Security and Cooperatives (MAFC).

Phase 2 of the Collaborative Research project started in the last quarter of 2014. For this phase, iAGRI and its partners identified four research topics based on well-thought-out criteria and then solicited research proposals from targeted teams to address these topics. Funding for the second phase proposals began in February 2015.

Summary Data for iAGRI Collaborative Research Projects

Research PhasePrincipal InvestigatorBaseProject Title OSUC Partners
Phase 1AMURI , NyambililaSUAImproving Agricultural Productivity and Crop Nutritive Quality through a Gender Sensitive Approach to Cereal and Vegetable Production in TanzaniaRakowski, OSU
Phase 1CHASE, CarleneFloridaImprovement of Tomato Productivity and Quality in Tanzania through Reduction of Adverse Effects of Biotic and Abiotic StressesChase, Florida
Xin-Chao, Florida
MAFCIntegrated Salt Affected Soil Management Options for sustainable Rice Productivity in Tanzanian Irrigation SchemesBoman, Florida
Phase 1KIMARO, DidasSUAAgricultural Innovation for Smallholder Farmers through Locally Adapted Conservation Agriculture for Improved Food Security in the Context of Climate ChangeLal, OSU
Phase 1KINABO, JoyceSUAFrom Soil Elements to Food Nutrients: Improving Nutrient Content of Foods for Human Consumption via AgricultureDawkins, Tuskegee
Phase 1MILLER, SallyOSUImproved Soil Health and Germplasm to Advance Tomato Production in TanzaniaMcSpadden, OSU
Francis, OSU
Testen, OSU
Phase 1TARIMO, AndrewSUAPromotion of Low-Cost Drip Irrigation Technology for Enhancing Agricultural Productivity and Livelihoods of Small-Scale Farmers in Semi-Arid Areas of Tanzania Boman, Florida
Dick, OSU
Phase 1WAMBURA, RaphaelSUAUsing the Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS) Approach to Improve Maize and Rice Production through Extension Service Delivery in Morogoro and Dodoma, TanzaniaMasinde, ISU
Doamekpor, Tuskegee
Phase 2HEATWOLE, ConradLand Use and Climate Change Impacts on Sustainable Intensification in the Upper Ruvu River BasinHeatwole, VT
Phase 2LUBBERSTEDT, ThomasMaize Biotic and Abiotic Constraints Affecting Maize Productivity GrowthLubberstedt and Suza, ISU
Phase 2MIRANDA, MarioPromoting Financial Inclusion of Tanzanian Smallholders through Index Insured Group CreditMiranda, OSU
Phase 2To be determinedRice Demand Studies in Tanzania
Scientists from OSUC partner institutions have been active participants in all of these research endeavors. Five of the projects are headed by U.S. based PIs and others have involved graduate students from OSUC member institutions. Participation has included interaction using the Internet and video conferencing as well as visits to Tanzania.


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