Research projects

The Status of research projects in the School during April – June 2016









Use of Orange Fleshed Sweet potatoes in Enhancing Vitamin A nutrition in Tanzania

Prof. Joseph Hella (PI)

Prof.G. Maly

Prof. A. Henninsen, N.M Hajderllari; MN Larsen & A Floquet


overall aim of our project is to increase knowledge about the sustainability of cotton

production in SSA, where we will particularly focus on organic cotton production.


·      develop an innovative framework for evaluating and comparing the sustainability of agricultural value chains and we will apply this framework to conduct an overall and in-depth analysis of the sustainability of conventional, organic, and other innovative cotton production methods in SSA.

·      evaluate how the different production methods and value chains affect the environmental, economic, and social aspects of sustainability generating new knowledge, scientific networks, and research capacity, the project will contribute to a greener economy, inclusive growth, and employment by increasing the sustainability of cotton

January 2015- December 2019


At initial stage, preparing tools for baseline study


Varietal/Zonal Monitoring of Realised Productivity and Value project

SUA researchers:

Damian M. Gabagambi (PI)

Zena Mpenda

Adam Akyoo

Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute (MARI):

Leonard Oruko

Fred Tairo

Tegemo Institute of Egarton University:

Mary Mathenge

Timothy Njagi

Eric Mukundi


To generate baseline values for key household level productivity indicators, status of adoption of crop varieties and the associated management practices

Scope and approach:

Household Surveys: Interviews will be conducted with about 3000 randomly selected small holder farming households in three zones of Tanzania. This survey will use a multistage clustering design, stratified by zones. Each zonal survey will be representative of 2-3 primary staple crops grown by, and thus each zone will have a sample size of approximately 1000 farmers (oversampling is required to achieve statistical power for each dominant crop and may result in sample sizes varying by zone).

March 2016 – June 2017 with possibility of extension

Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation (BMGF)

At sampling stage


Identifying socioeconomic constraints to and

incentives for faster technology adoption: Pathways

to sustainable intensification in Eastern and

Southern Africa (Adoption Pathways)

Fulgence Joseph Mishili (PI) – SUA

Dr. Ruth Madulu – IARI, Ilonga

Mr. Shadrack Mbapila – SARI, Arusha


Improve understanding of how socioeconomic factors (including gender) and changes in farming

systems, as well as external factors like climate variability and policies, shape adoption processes and production risks faced by smallholder farmers

in Africa


       i.      Enhance the technology adoption process by generating knowledge and panel data on how markets, assets, institutions, gender relations, risk and time preferences and technology policies constrain or facilitate adoption.

      ii.      Advance the understanding of how farmers’ livelihood strategies and SAI investments interact and influence vulnerability and farm household adaptation to climate variability and change.

    iii.      Generate evidence on the socioeconomic impacts of adoption of multiple and complementary SAI technologies on different groups of farm households using econometric and household/village economy models.

    iv.      Enhance the capacity for gender-sensitive agricultural technology policy research and communication of policy recommendations to facilitate adoption of maize system innovations

June 1st 2012 – May 31st 2016

ACIAR through The International Maize and Wheat

Improvement Center (“CIMMYT”)

No extension has been granted, so winding activities are going on.


Productivity and Growth in Organic Value-chains (ProGrOV)


Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania

K.P Sibuga, E.A. Lazaro, M. Kilasara

International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS), Denmark Aarhus University (AU), Denmark

University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark

Makerere University, Uganda

University of Nairobi (UON), Kenya


Main objective

Increased agricultural productivity and development of agribusiness for economic growth, improved livelihoods and sustainable development in Africa


i.    New agro-ecological methods developed and tested for improved agricultural productivity and growth in a value chain perspective, based on challenges related to integrated organic production including soil and livestock components and to quality and pest management in a value chain perspective

ii.   Strategies for improved OA agribusiness development & understanding of modern food Chains developed and the potentials; and strategies to overcome challenges suggested for sustainable growth and development in existing and new OA value chains involving smallholder farmers in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania

iii. Young researchers scientifically trained in discipline oriented research methods and their relevance for OA chain development; and the research capacities of the participating universities as well as the regional research collaboration between universities, public and private sector strengthened bridging different incentive structures for the benefit of chain actor.

iv. Sub-projects coordinated; results from discipline oriented studies synthesized and disseminated together with recommendations for improved framework for support and development of organic value chains involving market oriented smallholder farmers and results of project reported to the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affair.




Extended to December 2016


Rural Urban Transformation(RUT): Governance, Mobility and Economic Dynamics in Emerging Urban Centres for Poverty reduction


SUA researchers:

J.R. Makindara

F. Kilima

J. Msuya (Dept. food science)

2. University of Copenhagen:

Torben Birch-Thomsen

Jytte Agergaard

Marianne Nylandsted Larsen


The overall objective is to provide a comprehensive understanding of development dynamics of EUCs and how these impact on the transformation of EUCs into urban townships


2015 - 2017


DKK 2510.471


Just started


African Rural-City Connections (RurbanAfrica)

Dr Everline Lazaro (PI) & Fulgence Mishili  Sokoine University of Agriculture Tanzania

University of Copenhagen Denmark 2 University of Utrecht The Netherlands 3 Loughborough University United Kingdom 4 The International Institute for Environment and Development 5 Université Toulouse II Le Mirail France 6 National University of Rwanda Rwanda 7 8 University of Dschang Cameroon 9 University of Ghana Ghana

To explore the connections between rural transformations, mobility, and urbanization processes and analyze how these contribute to an understanding of the scale, nature and location of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. This will include critically scrutinizing the assumption that migration from rural areas to cities is one of the major development challenges faced by national and local governments in their efforts to stimulate economic growth and curb poverty

Specific objectives

i.          Understand the different types of structural change and rural dynamics that drive rural urban resource flows, shape diverse patterns of agricultural development and determine the opportunities for rural development, including the upgrading of agriculture and related activities.

ii.         Explore the importance of multi-activity and multi-locality in household livelihood transformations and poverty dynamics by focusing on the diversification of income sources and the mobility of household members between rural and urban places.

iii.       Examine city dynamics through quantitative and qualitative analyses of urban growth rates and mobility patterns and how these are compatible with city planning.

iv.       Investigate variations in the relationship between poverty and access to services in different types of urban low-income areas, including comparison with access to services in rural areas.

v.        Consider country specific differences and similarities in the dynamic relationships between rural transformation and urbanization and how these are impacted by and effect economic growth and poverty.

vi.       Stimulate learning from the project’s case studies in two ways: by building up a virtual knowledge sharing platform and by contributing to policy dialogue at regional, national and local levels. This is achieved by moving beyond traditional sectoral boundaries and engaging with a wide range of actors and stakeholders. Hence, policy dialogue and knowledge sharing will be an integrated and ongoing process during the whole project phase. 7. Disseminate thematic insights and advancements in the overall conceptualization of the relationship between rural-city connections and the scale, nature and location of poverty to stakeholders by publications of policy briefs, newsletters, journal articles etc.

(48 Month) starting 1st April 2012


134,990 Euro

At state of data processing


Legume for Livelihood (L4L): Leveraging on gender and market opportunities to maximize poverty and food security impacts among smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and SA targeting Groundnuts

SUA researchers:  Joseph Hella (PI)

Emanuel Monyo (ICRISAT Nairobi)

The L4L project aims to expend the high yielding and diseases resistant varieties in target regions of SA and SSA by strengthening value chain, breeding pipeline and seed supply systems. Specifically aims in investment in market institutions and upgrading value chain to reduce transaction and marketing costs, and better provision of market information  to increase trade and stimulate consumer demand

May 2015-April 2018


US$ 98,000

Scooping study and identification of study areas (Shinyanga, Dodoma, Songwe and Mtwara) Baseline study completed,


Agricultural Investors as Development Actors (AIDA)?

Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Denmark

in collaboration with

Department of

Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics, Makerere University, Uganda

School of Agricultural Economics & Business Studies, Sokoine University of Agriculture, 
Tanzania, and


Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

SUA researchers

Evelyne Lazaro &

Khmaldin Mutabazi

The development objective of AIDA is to enhance positive – and safeguard against negative – development outcomes from the growing involvement of foreign investors in agricultural production in SSA for people living in and using land in areas receiving such investors, and thus contribute to enhance the role of foreign agricultural investors as development actors.

The range of possible development outcomes from foreign agricultural investments is wide. Through theoretically well-founded and empirically systematic research and drawing on the specific research competences held by AIDA researchers,

Research objectives are to:

i.         examine the development outcomes of foreign agricultural investments for local livelihoods, particularly along the dimensions of employment, land tenure security, and water security (dependent variables);

ii.        identify the factors which enhance positive development outcomes along these dimensions (independent variables);

iii.      assess the role of emerging rights-based investment governance instruments in shaping agricultural investments in SSA – directly by guiding agricultural investors or indirectly as tools for national governments and civil society.

March 1, 2016 – February 28, 2021


DKK 2,347,277

Recruitment of PhD candidates

Signing contractual agreements  & funding logistics


BSU II Theme: Market Oriented Argo-Ecology

Evelyne Lazaro

Develop PhD curriculum with emphasis in market oriented Agroecology

A strong university  wide research group and sub groups with interest in Agro ecology established at the Faculty of Agriculture with enhanced research capacity

Two generic courses in agro-ecology (i.e., Multivariate analysis and Hydrological modelling) developed and successfully delivered


possible extension to 2017


Under revision

Draft PhD Programme with emphasis on market oriented agro ecology developed under going process of approval


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