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Does rice commercialisation in Mngeta, Kilombero, Tanzania impact livelihoods?

APRA Policy Brief cssh


Rice is Tanzania’s third most important staple crop, after maize and cassava. It is produced by more than 1 million agricultural households and involves many more actors and service providers along the value chain. Tanzania is second after Madagascar for rice production in East, Central and Southern Africa and is the leading rice producer and consumer in East Africa (Kilimo Trust 2014). In all producing areas, rice serves as a food and cash crop for farming households. About 70 percent of the rice produced by small-scale farmers (SSF) is sold, hence the underlying importance of

supporting inclusive commercialisation.

Although rice production in Tanzania has increased in recent years (7.3 percent per year from 2001–2011), supply still falls short of demand; the deficit was projected to be 2.84 million tonnes

by 2020 and is growing (Wilson and Lewis 2015). This supply gap presents a huge opportunity for rice commercialisation among rice value chain actors. Since 2009, the government of Tanzania has identified rice as a priority crop and has undertaken several national and regional initiatives to promote rice commercialisation.

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The 4thmeeting of the worker’s council of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH)

The 4thmeeting of the worker’s council of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) held on 5thMarch2020   at SUA main campus in the Postgraduate Conference Room 


The Chairman of CSSH Workers’ Council, Dr. S.J Kabote emphasizing on one of the issues critical for workers development at a work place on 5th March 2020


CSSH Workers’ Council meeting in progress on 5th March 2020.  The meeting discussed a number of issues in a way to bringing peaceful environment at a work place for improved efficiency and effectiveness.  Some of the things that were discussed include integrity, punctuality, signing attendance book, giving respect to the existing authority,   sustainable means of helping one another in times of trouble and comfort etc.

The 14th Board meeting of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities held on 28th February 2020 in the College Board Room

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The Chairman of the College Board of Social Sciences and Humanities Prof. Samwel Wangwe (at the middle), in photo with other College Board members after the 14th meeting held on 28th February 2020 in the College Board Room. The Board discussed and deliberated on a number of issues critical for growth of the College including academic matters, research, memorandum of understandings, staff and students’ matters. The Board recommended academic staff to continue publishing, participating in international conferences and publicizing the College through different mass media including televisions to increase its visibility. It was also recommended to increase students’ prizes for the purpose of increasing students’ morale for learning. 

Principal Dr. Kabote

The College Principal, Dr. Kabote (on the left) presenting CSSH management report for the period between November 2019 and February 2020. 

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CSSH Board members during the 14th Board meeting held on 28th February 2020 in the College Board 

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Dr. Emmanuel Malisa presenting implementation progress of MoU between SUA and RECODA during the 14th CSSH Board Meeting held on 28th February 2020.

Field Excursion for MA Students Doing PM 601 & DS 609 (Project Monitoring and Evaluation)

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The group photo Field Excursion for Principal of CSSH , MA Students, with Farmers 


Field Excursion for MA Students Doing PM 601 & DS 609 (Project Monitoring and Evaluation) 7th February 2020


Aim of the visit: To carry out process evaluation of the RIPAT SUA project, as a practical following theoretical training on project monitoring and evaluation. It was also a practical orientation of the students to RIPAT approach, which was already covered theoretically in class.

Activities: Direct observation of activities implemented by farmers at home and demonstration plots, focus group discussion, questionnaire survey and key informant interview. It provided an avenue for interaction between students and farmers, village leaders, project officers and government extension officers.


Areas and projects visited: Changarawe, Tangeni and Mkuyuni villages in Mvomero District, and Magadu and Kauzeni wards in Morogoro Municipal. The students visited RIPAT SUA project, which is jointly implemented by Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and RECODA (Research, Community and Organizational Development Associates), as one of the seven areas of collaboration stipulated in the SUA-RECODA MoU. The project is implemented in 7 villages in Mvomero District (Changarawe, Tangeni, Mnyanza, Kipera, Mlali, Mkuyuni and Peko misegese villages) and 5 wards in Morogoro Municipal (Magadu, Ruvuma, Luhungo, Mzinga and Kauzeni).

Participating degree programmes:  Master of Arts in Project Management and Evaluation (21), and Master of Arts in Rural Development (3 students). Students were accompanied by course (PM 601 & DS 609) instructors (Dr. S.J. Kabote and Dr. E.T. Malisa), 2 other instructors (Dr. J.J. Ringo & Dr. G.D. Massawe), 1 CSSH website committee member and 2 project officers.

Way forward: The students, who were organized in 3 groups, are now preparing process evaluation reports which will be presented in class for validation before they produce final reports. Well-founded recommendations, based on the evaluations, will be made available to farmers in the project area and project implementation team.

Policy dialogue Seminar

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The group photo with the guest of Honour, Prof. Peter R. Gillah, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic (centre), Dr. S. J. Kabote, Principal, College of Social Sciences of Humanities, Dr. Jeniva Kamuhabwa (Ministry of Agriculture) and other participants of the Policy Dialogue from within and outside SUA

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities under Department of Policy, Planning and Management organized a Policy dialogue Series. No. 1 under the theme "Agricultural Pesticides Applications and their Potential Impacts to the Public: Policy and Legal Issues Governing Pesticides Management in Tanzania". The dialogue was held at ICE Conference Hall on January 10, 2020, and was officiated by the Depute Vice Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Peter R. Gillah.


The dialogue attracted participants from the Ministry of Agriculture, Tropical Pesticides Research Institute (TPRI), private sector, farmers, students, researchers and academicians.

The main objective was to analyze the policy framework and regulations that are key in managing pesticides use in Tanzania, and specific objectives were to: (i) create public awareness of important policy issues and regulations regarding the use and control of pesticides, (ii) analyze policy and regulations, and look at implementation gaps for further