iAGRI End-of-Project Reflection meeting

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,’’

Prof.  Theodosy Msogoya 

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,’’

Emanuel Msemo  SUALISA Collaborator

‘’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,’’

 

 

 

 

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February 27, 2017