Dr. Hussein Monsour who represented the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Agriculture livestock and fisheries of Tanzania during the iAGRI end-of-Project reflection meeting at SUA, expressed government gratitude for the huge support extended by the American government in enabling the growth of agriculture sector especially in engineering the food security initiative. He also guaranteed both the USAID representative Dr. David Charles and Prof. Mark Erbaugh who is an Institutional linkages with SUA and MALF to continue working together in sustaining what have been set up by iAGRI – project.
He added that, in globalized world knowledge sharing plays a very vital role in creating awareness among the people in the institutions. If knowledge and skills are properly shared, an employee becomes aware about what is expected out of them and they can thus create a road map for the institution to performance well.
Meanwhile Prof. Peter Gillah, SUA Deputy Vice Chancellor on his opening remarks said five years for iAGRI operations in sharing knowledge and skills at the university has resulted into huge achievements which have been witnessed in academia, research, organizational transformation, as well as in capacity building. The management of Sokoine University of Agriculture appreciated the iAGRI’s support through USAID funding of human capital investment. ‘’The 135 trained scholars in the different field of agriculture and food science and technology will certainly boost the research, teaching, and outreach performance of SUA and the research performance of NARS, he explained.
iAGRI’s Project Director, Prof. David Kraybill said despite of tremendous achievement in the area capacity building and training of new generation of scientists that will engineer agriculture sector growth through their researches , still people should change their mind set in doing business as usual instead more emphases should focus on sustainability as to make what have been set up by outgoing project for more productive.
Remarks from the SUA Collaborators
Dr. Hashim English language Strengthening
”The establishment of language learning facility which is offering instructional and self-access learning services through integrated technology based resource will contribute towards developing solutions to address food insecurity in Tanzania, as students need to be competent in English to read scientific literature, to publish their own research in internationally-recognized scientific journals and to communicate with scientists and agribusiness experts throughout Africa and the world,’’
The establishment of HDF has helped indeed in enhancing practical training not only for SUA students who are studying horticulture and other course related, but also to farmers and extension workers provided by realistic demonstration of how to engage in horticultural production commercially and profitably, while in others hand it has generated revenue through selling the crop produce and strengthening linkages with both the public and private sectors in various spheres of agriculture and natural resource management.
Jabir Jabir Digital Librarianship@SNAL
‘’It has increased accessibility to online information resources, and SUA is one of the first universities in Tanzania to introduce it. Therefore it is a big achievement that through iAGRI funding we have access to millions of updated scholarly articles and simplified the information access wherever the user is,’’
‘’My gratitude should go to SUA and iAGRI for accepting the establishment of SUALISA. We managed to apply our new knowledge through participation in different projects and consultations at SUA,”Our skills acquired in statistics are used in summarizing the largest sets of data brought in by clients in a form that is easily understandable, in so doing we have managed to influence agriculture researchers at SUA whom in turn interact with farmers in the field,’’