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SUGECO AGRIFOOD ENTREPRENEURS INITIATIVE

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The SUGECO AgriFood Entrepreneurship Initiative is a sponsored training program designed to help you make better choices and fully exploit business opportunities. It will advance the entrepreneurial capabilities of both early-stage and established Tanzanian firms. SUGECO AgriFood Entrepreneurship Initiative merges the academic excellence of *Bocconi University (Italy), University of Maryland (USA) and Sokoine University of Agriculture* with the experience of SUGECO, to offer a cutting-edge business development course to Tanzanian young entrepreneurs and small business owners in the agricultural sector.
http://www.sugecoinnovation.org

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SHAMBANI MILK’s MANAGING DIRECTOR GIVES A LECTURE TO PHD CLASS

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On 11th March SAEBS was honored by the visit of Mr Victor Mfinanga who is the Managing Director of Shambani Fresh Milk. Mr Mfinanga is an entrepreneur and cofounder of Shambani Fresh Milk; he is also an alumnus of the Sokoine University of Agriculture.

The visit was part of our new PHD program in Agribusiness which in some occasions provides room for capitalization on the experience from pragmatic entrepreneurs in agriculture value chain. In this occasion the invitation was done under the supervision of Dr Anna Temu; who is facilitating the course on Issues in Agribusiness.

Mr Mfinanga gave a presentation on challenges and opportunities within the dairy sector in Tanzania. The overall feedback from PHD fellow was of profoundly maximum satisfaction. We thank Mr Mfinanga for his time and we wish him and his colleagues all the best in their endeavor.

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Postgraduate Seminars_Thursday 11th March 2021

Postgraduate Seminars_Thursday 11th March 2021

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On Thursday the 18th of March 2021, 7  masters students presented their work, 6 their proposals and 1 finding in MBA and MSc
class at the School of Agricultural Economics and Business Studies (SEABS).

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Aurelia I. Mbwaga a master student presenting her proposal on the Economic Efficiency of Investing in high-quality Fodder Production for ASAS Dairies Farm Limited in Iringa region. The study will; a) evaluate the level of technical efficiency and allocative efficiency in fodder production and harvesting in the case study area, b) estimate the costs and returns associated with the production of fodder and harvesting in the case study area c) determine the relationship between fodder production and milk production (how much is spending in fodder to produce 1 liter of milk) in the case study and d) assess costs of increasing the energy and protein contents in fodder (hay or silage)

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Assenga Theresia Francis presenting her proposal on Household Income to Food Dietary Diversity in Tanzania. The research will analyse the impact of household income on the food dietary diversity in Tanzania in order to inform policy and decision-makers about the right policy intervention to combat nutrient deficiency diseases in the country.

 

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In the Desire of Conquering East African Supermarket Business: What Went Wrong in Nakumatt Supermarket

In the Desire of Conquering East African
Supermarket Business: What Went Wrong
in Nakumatt Supermarket

Felix Adamu Nandonde1


Abstract
By October 2017, the East African Community’s (EAC) largest retailer was declared bankrupt. All stores within and outside Kenya, namely Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania were closed. Many suppliers in EAC took the retail company to court after having suffered huge losses. Some few suppliers looted the stores with the aim of compensating themselves for the incurred losses. Simply put, Nakumatt’s reputation was in the mire and the company headed for a total collapse. Everyone in the region was asking himself/herself, what might have gone wrong to Nakumatt supermarket. In general, the current case is a lesson that sheds light on the rise and collapse of one of the largest household names of retail stores in EAC.

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Livelihood Assessments among Small-holder Farmers in the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor in Tanzania: Lessons from Households in Ihemi Cluster

Livelihood Assessments among Small-holder Farmers in the
Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor in Tanzania:
Lessons from Households in Ihemi Cluster

*Fasha, G.S.1 and A. Minde2
1Department of Business Management, School of Agricultural Economics and Business Studies,
Sokoine University of Agriculture, P.O. Box 3007, Morogoro, Tanzania
2Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, School of Agricultural Economics and
Business Studies, Sokoine University of Agriculture, P.O. Box 3007, Morogoro, Tanzania
*Corresponding author e-mail:
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Abstract
The study on which this paper is based assessed the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Ihemi cluster. Specifically, the study looked at the identification of institutional factors governing the use of water and land resources, determinants of the factors influencing male and female-headed households income inequalities, and lastly, the comparison of agriculture production between male and female-headed households. The methodology involved a cross-sectional research design with a sample size of 150 households. Purposive sampling technique was used to select Ihemi cluster among other clusters of the SAGCOT intervention and stratified sampling technique was used to select respondents. The main method of data collection used were a structured household questionnaire-based survey and focus group discussion. Descriptive statistics, multiple linear regression and independent T-test statistics were used to analyze the data. Descriptively, the majority (66.7%) of the respondents in Mufndi and Wanging'ombe district were married followed by Kilolo (56.7%). Very few respondents (3.3%) in Iringa district were single and very few had divorced (3.3%) in Mufindi district. Further, findings indicate that the number of Female-Headed Households (FHH) is slightly higher in Njombe district (46.7%) followed by Kilolo (43.3%), Iringa district (40%), Wanging'ombe (36.7%) and relatively less in Mufndi (33.3%). The compounded independent T-test for mean production difference revealed that there was a significant difference in production scores for male-headed households (M=12.4, SD=9.1) and that of female-headed household (M=9.4, SD=7.8) conditions; t (142) = -3.233 and p=0.002, indicating significant indifference between male and female-headed households in the cluster. Furthermore, the multiple linear regression model revealed that land ownership, access to credit, number of livestock owned, household education level and household size were found to have significant influence on male and female-headed households income inequalities. On the institutional factors, water sources such as shared taps, private owned taps, wells covered are for domestic purposes only while water sources such as streams, springs and rivers can be used for domestic purposes, livestock watering, watering gardens and irrigation. With this, general hygiene should be maintained and agreed contribution for maintenance in case of breakdowns. The study recommends that diversification of income sources between female-headed households and male-headed households should be encouraged, fostering of community investors linkage and increase access and control over natural resources such as land to female-headed households who are important actors in agriculture in rural areas as thy depend on land for their livelihoods. Conclusively, at the household level, female-headed households should have the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase productivity significantly. Women are good drivers for change towards more sustainable production system.

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Farmers’ Decision to Purchase Quality Declared Seeds in Kongwa District, Tanzania

Farmers’ Decision to Purchase Quality Declared Seeds in
Kongwa District, Tanzania

*1Mghweno O.N., F.J. Mishili2 and S. Nchimbi-Msolla3
1Agricultural Non-State Actors Forum, P.O. Box 33562, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
2School of Agriculture Economics and Business Studies, Sokoine University of Agriculture
P.O. Box 3007, Morogoro, Tanzania
3Department of Crop Science and Horticulture, Sokoine University of Agriculture
P.O. Box 3005, Morogoro, Tanzania
*Corresponding author e-mail:
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Abstract
Maize is the staple food crops produced and consumed in Tanzania. However, among other things, production of maize has been limited by low use of quality seeds due shortage of supply and cost of supply of quality seeds, certified seeds in particular. As part of its efforts, the government of Tanzania adopted Quality Declared Seeds (QDS) production system in the around year 2000 to promote quality seeds use. The general objective of the study was to generate evidence that may contribute towards upscaling of commercial small-scale seed production and distribution in Kongwa district. Specifically, the study estimates maize seeds consumption from different seed system and factors influencing farmers’ decision to purchase QDS using binary logit regression. The study report is based on data from sample of 120 randomly selected maize producers (farmers). The study has shown that maize seeds consumption constituted of seeds obtained from own-saving (70%), QDS (15%), subsidized seeds (9%), other farmers (6%), input suppliers (0.1%) and seed kit programmes (0.1%). Furthermore, membership associations; access to subsidized seeds; demand for more varieties and higher income from agriculture increased the probability of farmers purchasing QDS while high use of own-saved seeds and seed exchange between farmers reduced the purchase of QDS. This study recommends improving local seed systems (distribution); building the capacity of farmers to produce and purchase QDS through subsidies and credits, and improving preferred local varieties for QDS production.

 

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WAZIRI WA KILIMO PROF.ADOLF MKENDA AZINDUA MFUMO WA KIZIMBA KUVUTIA VIJANA KATIKA KILIMO BIASHARA SUGECO – SUA

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Mgeni rasmi, Waziri wa Kilimo Mh. Prof. Adoph Mkenda akizindua Kizimba Business Model (KBM) - SUGECO - Sokoine University of Agriculture Morogoro .

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Mgeni rasmi, Waziri wa Kilimo Mh. Prof. Adoph Mkenda akizindua Kizimba Business Model (KBM) mfumo wa kijasiriamali ulioanzishwa na SUGECO Kwa maendeleo ya kilimo nchini.

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Prof. Mkenda alipongeza mfumo huo na kusema  “mfumo wa Kizimba utawezesha vijana wengi kujiunga pamoja kama ushirika na kutumia ardhi kuanzisha shughuli za uzalishaji mali ikiwemo kilimo kwa usimamizi wa wataalam wa taasisi hiyo”.

Pia amezitaka taasisi za kifedha nchini kutoa mikopo yenye masharti nafuu ili kuwavutia vijana wengi kujikita katika kilimobiashara kupitia mfumo wa Kizimba ‘Business Model’ unaoratibiwa na Taasisi ya SUGECO.

“Wito wa serikali kwa taasisi za kifedha hapa nchini nikutoa mikopo yenye riba nafuu ili waweze kuanzisha shughuli za kilimo kupitia mfumo huu wa kizimba ambapo utasaidia kuongeza tija na uzalishaji mazao ya kilimo hali itakayochochea ukuaji wa ajira na kuongeza kipato kwa vijana ” alisema Waziri Mkenda.

Ili kukuza tija na uzalishaji kwenye sekta ya kilimo Prof. Mkenda amesema wizara yake itaendelea kuhamasisha kujengwa kwa miundombinu ya umwagiliaji pamoja na kuhakikisha upatikanaji wa pembejeo bora na huduma za ugani hatua itakayokuza tija kwenye kilimo.

Aliongeza kusema kuwa taasisi ya SUGECO inayoundwa na wahitimu inafanya kazi nzuri ya kuwaunganisha vijana wanaofanya kazi za kilimo kwa kuwapatia mafunzo kwa vitendo na kuwaunganisha na masoko.

“Sekta ya kilimo kinachangia chini ya theluthi moja kwenye pato la taifa (28%) na kwa upande wa kilimo mazao bado mchango wake ni chini na takribani theluthi mbili ya nguvu kazi ya watanzania inajishughulisha na kilimo hivyo tafsiri yake ni kuwa tija yetu bado ipo chini”

Tunataka tuongeze tija ili kilimo kichangie zaidi kwenye ukuaji wa uchumi” alisisitiza Prof.Mkenda

Kwa upande wake Makamu Mkuu wa chuo Kikuu cha Sokoine Prof.Raphael Chibunda alisema chuo hicho kitaendelea kushirikiana na wizara ya kilimo kusukuma na kubadilisha mfumo wa kilimo kuwa wa kibiashara ambapo sasa kimefanikiwa kuanzisha mashamba biashara kwenye maeneo yote ya chuo.

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Makamu mkuu wa Chuo Kikuu cha Sokoine cha Kilimo  (SUA), Prof. Raphael Chibunda akitoa ujumbe kwa wakati wa uzinduzi wa Kizimba Business Model

 

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Mwenyekiti wa SUGECO Dr Anna Temu akielezea na kuonesha kwa mgeni rasmi na Makamu Mkuu wa chuo Kikuu cha Sokoine Prof.Raphael Chibunda pamoja na wageni wengine   vitu ambavyo vinazalishwa na kufanywa na SUGECO

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Mgeni rasmi, Waziri wa Kilimo Mh. Prof. Adoph Mkenda akiambatana na mkurugenzi wa SUGECO Revocatus Kimario, pamoja na wageni wengine wakitembelea mashamba ya mfano hapa SUGECO na kuangalia shughuli mbalimbali zinazofanywa na vijana.
Ni katika uzinduzi wa mfumo wa kijasiriamali wa Kilimo cha kisasa cha mashamba makubwa ujulikanao kama KIZIMBA BUSINESS MODEL (KBM)

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Wadau mbalimbali wakifuatilia kwa makini tukio la uzinduzi wa Kizimba Business Model (KBM) lililofanyika katika viwanja vya SUGECO Morogoro.

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Mwenyekiti wa SUGECO Dr.Anna Temu akitoa neno la shukrani kwa mgeni rasmi na wageni waliohudhuria tukio hilo

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PROJECT MONITORING AND EVALUATION SHORT COURSE

PROJECT MONITORING AND EVALUATION SHORT COURSE

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The short course was launched at SAEBS commencing from 11th  to 13th March 2021.The course was moderated by Mr Lubango Mayenga (Finance specialist) and Dr Felix Nandonde ( Marketing specialist) from the Department of Business Management (DBM). .

During the training insights on monitoring progress and determining how different projects should be executed to meet the targeted outcomes were shared.

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Mr Lubango Mayenga from the Department of Business Management (DBM) providing insights on types of projects on the first day of the workshop

 Also, insights on how to create a plan of monitoring and evaluation and sharing the report with the key stakeholders.

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Mr Lubango Mayenga providing insights on the implementation of a monitoring and evaluation plan (day two).

Correspondingly information on how to report measurable results which could justify finding and maintain the company social license to operate was shared. A personal Q&A session was provided for the participants to share their knowledge of Project management and evaluation.

 

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Dr Felix Nandonde sharing insights in tools and  strategies on evaluating a project

 

 

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BARAZA DOGO LA WAFANYA KAZI, SHULE KUU YA UCHUMI KILIMO NA STADI ZA BIASHARA_2021

BARAZA DOGO LA WAFANYA KAZI, SHULE KUU YA UCHUMI KILIMO NA STADI ZA BIASHARA_2021

 

Mkutano wa tisa (9) wa Baraza Dogo la Wafanyakazi Shule Kuu ulifanyika siku ya Jumatano tarehe 24/02/2021 katika ukumbi wa Mikutano wa Shule Kuu. Baraza Dogo lilihudhuriwa na wajumbe 24, na Mwenyekiti wa mkutano alikuwa Dr. P. Damas, Amidi wa Shule Kuu. Baraza Dogo lilijadili mambo kadhaa yanayohusu ustawi wa kazi na Wafanyakazi kwa ujumla na kutolea maamuzi baadhi ya hoja hizo. Hata hivyo Baraza Dogo linawasilisha hoja tatu kama malipo ya likizo na kutahini tasnifu katika Mkutano wa 121 wa Baraza Kuu la Wafanya kazi la Chuo Kikuu cha Sokoine cha Kilimo.

Baraza Dogo la Shule Kuu ya Uchumi Kilimo na Stadi za Biashara (SAEBS) linaomba Baraza kuu la Wafanyakazi kupokea, kujadili na kutolea maamuzi hoja hizi.

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