Prof.Christopher Paul Mahonge

Prof.Christopher Paul Mahonge

Christopher Paul Mahonge is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Policy Planning and Management, College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania. He is specialised on Governance of complex Social-Ecological Systems (e.g. fisheries, rangelands, crops farms, wetlands, forests). His research experience has focused on community-based natural resources management and livelihood improvements, linkages among the state, non-governmental and community actors and institutions, socio-economic implications of climate change, land use planning, and institutional analysis (government-based, organisation-based, and community-based formal and informal rules of the game and procedures including norms, policies and laws associated with governance of social-ecological systems), out-scaling and hybridization of institutions, and informal politics associating environmental conservation.

  1. “The Timber rush: Private forestry in village land” (2016-2020). The project is implemented by the College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) in collaboration with Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and University of Copenhagen (UoC). The role in the research is a leader of land work-package

  1. Vanilla out-scaling and processing project implemented in Uluguru Mountains (Kibogwa and Kinole wards in particular) collaboratively by CSSH and Global Environmental Forum of Japan (2017-2019)

Community work

Participation in rural development research and outreach activities with focus on community-based and collaborative governance of natural resources including:

  1. training farmers and village government and community leaders on issues of good governance (accountability, rule of law, inclusion, responsiveness, transparency, etc) in natural resource management
  2. Piloting of hybrid models of development (multiple stakeholders collaborative governance)
  3. Community organisation for creating frameworks for sustainable development

1. Mhando, D. G; Mbeyale, G. (2010). An Analysis of the Coffee Value Chain in the Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania, NCCR North-South Dialogue, No. 27

2. Christopher Coles and Mhando, D. G (2010): Kilimanjaro Coffee Value chain Case Study: producer Benefits from Fair trade and Free market channels. Report to be submitted to ODI, UK)

3. David Mhando and Zena Mpenda (2015): Bio -feasibility/market intelligence study for 4S@scale programme in Tanzania

4. David Mhando and N. Mdoe (2017): Midterm evaluation of the Tanzania coffee development strategy: 2011-2016: Tanzanian Coffee Board, December 2016 to July, 2017.

Book chapters

Mattee, A. Z., Mussa, K.R., Mwaseba, D.L., Mahonge, C.P. and Nsenga, J.V. (2015). Factors in smallholder farmers’ vulnerability to climate change impacts in Uluguru Mountains Tanzania. P 185-199. In Rattan Lal., Bal Ram Singh, Dismas L. Mwaseba, David Kraybill, David O. Hansen, lars Olav Eik (editors). Sustainable Intensification to Advance Food Security and Enhance Climate Resilience in Africa. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-09357-8. Springer Cham, Heidelberg, New Dordretch London. 657pp.

Journal articles

1. Suzana Samson, Robinson H. Mdegela, Anders Permin, James E. D. Mlangwa and Christopher P. Mahonge (2017). Obstacles to Low Quality Water Irrigation of Food Crops in Morogoro,

Tanzania. Journal of Sustainable Development; 10 (2):1-12

2. Suzana Samson, Robinson H. Mdegela, Anders Permin, Christopher P. Mahonge

and James E. D. Mlangwa (2016). Incentives for low-quality water irrigation of food crops in

Morogoro, Tanzania. Journal of Environment, Development and Sustainability. 18pp.

3. Mahonge, C.P; Nsenga, J.V., Mtengeti, E.J., Challe, J. And Kilave, D. (2016). Convergence of horizontal and vertical experiential sharing through participatory feedback: the case of integrated natural resource management and livelihood improvement in Mwanga district, Tanzania. Submitted to International Journal of Research and Development in Social Sciences. Volume 2, Issue 1, Number 1, pages 1-18.

4. Mahonge, C.P. and Lutatenekwa, D. (2015). Amidst complex transformation what about gender roles: A case of pastoralists in rangeland areas in Tanzania. African Resources Development Journal (ARDJ). Volume 2, Issue 1.

5. Mahonge, C.P., Kashaga, R.A.L.Sangeda, A.Z.Kahimba, F.C. Semu, E. Mkanda, F.X. (2015). Participatory land use planning: integrating expert-oriented and community-based tools for sustainable land management in Kilimanjaro region. Journal of Environment and Earth Science, Vol. 5 No. 7.

6. Msangya, M L, Urassa, J. K. and Mahonge, C P (2015). Role of heifer in-trust schemes in smallholder household’s wellbeing in semi-arid region of Shinyanga Tanzania. The International Journal Research’s Publication’s. Research Journal of Social Science and Management. Vol. 5 No. 1, p 196-203.

7. Msangya, M L, Urassa, J. K. and Mahonge, C P (2015). Heifer In-trust schemes and incomes of smallholder households in the Highland and Semi-arid regions of Tanzania. Livestock Research for Rural Development. Volume 27, Article #17.Retrieved January 14, 2015, from


  • Member of Academic Planning Committee of the Institute of Rural Development Planning located in Dodoma Tanzania – March 2017 to-date
  • Vice Chairperson of University Council of Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (SEKOMU) located in Lushoto district, Tanga region – November 17th 2016 to-date