Prof. Fatihya Masawe

Prof. Fatihya Masawe
Head of Department

Ms. Fatihiya A. Massawe is a Social Scientist having a PhD in Rural development from Sokoine University of Agriculture. She is holding a Postgraduate Diploma in Poverty Analysis jointly offered by ESRF, REPOA and ISS (Netherland). Ms. Massawe is also holder of Master of Science degree in International Development Studies majoring in Rural Development Sociology from Wageningen University- Netherland and Bachelor of Science in Home Economics and Human Nutrition from Sokoine university of Agriculture.

She is currently serving as a senior lecturer at the Campus College of Social Sciences and Humanities- Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). She is also a head of the department of Policy Planning and Management.  Before joing SUA, She had an opportunity to  work as a Community Development Officer in the Vice President Office and the Ministry of Community Development Gender and Children for 7 years.

In her current academic post is teaching various courses cutting across areas of Poverty analysis, public policies, Conflict Management, Agriculture and Rural development and gender and development. Her interest for research and consultancies include policy analysis, Energy and livelihood, Nutrition & Gender, HIV & Gender. Outside academics she likes to foster for women empowerment through sensitizing young women to take charge of their own life. She has vast skills and experience in organization and facilitating gender workshops She is very hard working and result oriented person who is always eager to see tremendous change taking place in her work place and life in general. She believes in organizational transformation.




In January 2015, Participated in a team of consultants for assessing Coffee marketing status in Kagera Region, Tanzania. The assignment was commissioned by MVIWATA, Tanzania

August 2012- served as a lead consultant in assessing the status of children rights practices at family level in some villages of Meatu District. The assignment was commissioned by International Child Support Organization

January - March, 2010 served as a co Consultant and gender expert in conducting feasibility study for solar electrification project in rural areas in Lindi, Mtwara and Morogoro Regions. The assignment was commissioned by UNIFEM

Gender expert in the project titled Improving Nutrition Outcomes through Optimized Agricultural Investments (ATONU). The project is implemented by a number of constortium members- AFRII, ASI, Farm Africa, LCIRAH, SUA, NRI and it is funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Gender Trainer in the SADC Short Course Training project on Integrating Nutrition, Gender and HIV AIDs in Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis- conducted every year at SUA including participants from all SADC countries


Member in the project titled: The impact of gender related factors on follow through and access of HIV treatment in Njombe District: Supported by MEASURE Evaluation/USAID on going (2015-2017)



Gender expert in the Global Value project in assessing the impact of the Multinational Cooperation on Global Sustainable Development and value creation. Leading the work package on responsive business practices and poverty reduction on going (2014-2017)


Gender and Socio economics experts on the project titled: Poverty and sustainable development impacts of REDD: architecture; options for equity, growth and environment (POVSUS-REDD). Kondoa and Mbeya Region, Tanzania- from 2010 – 2016. Supervised baseline study both quantitative and qualitative data collection.   


Gender and Socioeconomics experts on the project titled: Alternative Energy Sources and Efficient utilization of Biomass Energy for Reduced Depletion of Carbon Sinks and Improved Livelihoods in Rural Areas of Tanzania. A case of Shinyanga region -2010-2015. Responsible for supervising baseline data collection, Impact evaluation and ensure gender mainstreaming in all project activities . 


Book chapters

Kajembe, G.C., Silayo, D.A., Mutabazi, K.J., Massawe, F., Nantongo, M and Vatn, A (2016). Lessons Learned from REDD+ Pilot Projects in Kondoa and Rungwe districts, Tanzania: In Lessons and Implications for REDD+ Implementation experience from Tanzania. Kulindwa, K (Editor). E & D Vision Publishing


Journal articles

Fatihiya, A. Massawe, Kenneth, M. K. Bengesi and Amini, E. Kweka (2015). Patterns of Household Cooking Energy and Associated Factors: Experience from Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania. Intersect, The Stanford journal of science, Technology and society 8 (3) available at


Massawe, F.A; Bengesi, K.M.K and Kweka, A.E. (2015). Household Awareness and knowledge on Improved Cookstoves: A case of Kilimanjaro Region Tanzania. International Journal of Physical and Social Sciences 5(1): 457-478. Available at


Conference proceedings

Kajembe, G.C., Silayo, D.A., Kitula, M. M Lyatura, N. Mutabaz, K.J, Massawe, F. and Vatn, A. REDD (2012). Realities: Lessons Learned from REDD+ Pilot Projects in Kondoa and Rungwe Districts, Tanzania’ Proceedings of the first Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation Programme Scientific Conference, Tanzania


Working papers

Kahamba,J.S., Massawe,F.A.,Nombo, I.C and Jeckoniah, J. N ( 2017). How Gender Affects Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy in Tanzania. Working paper


Working papers

Kahamba,J.S., Massawe,F.A.,Nombo, I.C and Jeckoniah, J. N ( 2017). How Gender Affects Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy in Tanzania. Working paper



Head of department

Contacts (Physical, postal address, emails, phone numbers, Skype, etc)

Department of Policy Planning and Management, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Sokoine University of Agriculture, P.O. Box 3035, Morogoro, Tanzania

+255 786 08 7008,