iAGRI Project

The iAgri project trains international students from a global agricultural perspective.

UF/IFAS Global Project Goal

By 2017, iAGRI has the goal of training 115 MS and 20 PhD students from Tanzania in the implementation of a human and institutional capacity building (HICD) project in Tanzania. The project fits IFAS Global’s mission by training international students from a global agricultural perspective.

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iAGRI Project


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:

  • Provide advanced degree training in agriculture for 135 Tanzanian graduate students, twenty of them receiving training at the Ph.D. level and 115 at the M.Sc. level.
  • Establish a program of agricultural research involving collaboration between and among SUA, MAFC and OSUC representatives.
  • Strengthen the capacity of SUA to directly develop and implement agricultural instruction, internship, research and outreach programs and to manage change effectively.
  • Promote cooperation between SUA, US universities and Global South universities.

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.

DONOR AMOUNT: $1,280,581

Facts and Figures

facts-figures-iAgri-UF/IFAS GlobalSince 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.