iAGRI aims to “strengthen the capacity of the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives (MAFC) to contribute to the development of effective solutions to address food insecurity in Tanzania.” The following objectives have been laid out in order to be able to achieve the aim:
UF/IFAS Global’s role in agriculture degree training:
Each PhD candidate developed a research topic that involved data collection in Tanzania. The UF/IFAS faculty advisor had the opportunity to visit the student in Tanzania to help guide field research and establish institutional linkages . UF/IFAS academic departments contributing to the iAGRI program include Horticultural Sciences, Plant Pathology, Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Food & Resource Economics, Food Science & Human Nutrition, and Family, Youth & Community Sciences.
|Student Professor||1st Year of Study||Home Department||Major|
|Emmanuel Domonko||2014||Food and Resource Economics||Brandon McFadden, Ph.D|
|Roman Fortunatus||2014||Food Science and Human Nutrition||Amy Simonne, Ph.D.|
|Gloria Kuhumba||2014||Food Science and Human Nutrition||Amarat Simonne, Ph.D.|
|Wilfred Makombe||2014||Food and Resource Economics||Jaclyn Kropp, Ph.D.|
|Newton Kilasi||2012||Horticultural Sciences||Bala Rathinasabapathi, Ph.D.|
|Ramadhani Majubwa||2012||Horticultural Sciences||Steven Sargent, Ph.D.|
|Mpoki Shimwela||2012||Plant Pathology||Arienna Van Bruggen, Ph.D.|
|William Warsanga||2012||Food and Resource Economics||Gilley Evans, Ph.D.|
|Kadeghe Fue||2012||Agricultural and Biological Engineering||John Schueller, Ph.D.|
|Mariam Marianda||2012||Food Science and Human Nutrition||Amy Simonne, Ph.D.|
|Bertha Nguku||2012||Environmental Horticulture||Zhanao Deng, Ph.D|
|Asma Gharib||2011||Food and Resource Economics||Jaclyn Kropp, Ph.D.|
|Lilian Mpinga||2011||Horticultural Sciences||Carlene Chase, Ph.D.|
|Stanslaus Materu||2011||Agricultural and Biological Engineering||Sanjay Shukla, Ph.D.|
Since the start of iAGRI, UF/IFAS has trained 14 Tanzanian students (10 MS candidates, 4 PhD candidates). As of December 2016, all of the students have completed their degree programs and returned to positions in Tanzania.
iAGRI is funded by Tanzania and USAID within its Feed the Future initiative. The program is implemented by the Ohio State University Consortium (Ohio State University – lead institution, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Tuskegee University, University of Florida and Virginia Tech). Primary institutional stakeholders in Tanzania are Sokoine University of Agriculture and the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Cooperatives. For more on iAGRI, visit www.iGRI.org.