Research and Publications Section is charged with the responsibility of administering research funds, postgraduate funds, donor funds, internal and external grants and handling of research associates. It is also responsible for publications, documentation and dissemination of research outputs.
SUA Research Strength
The strength of SUA in research is based on a large number of highly trained agricultural and natural resources manpower in the country. Currently, there are about 240 qualified researchers and out of these about 170 are PhD degree holders who normally undertake both basic and applied research. In addition to academic members of staff there are also a total of 280 postgraduate and more than 2000 undergraduate students who also contribute significantly to the University’s research efforts and achievements. Furthermore, there are also about 70 well-trained technicians that provide the supportive services on technical matters. The names and qualifications of these scientists are published annually in the University Prospectus.
The University has well equipped laboratories with ample space in almost all disciplines of agricultural sciences. In addition, researchers and students have access to the Internet services in the University. The other facilities include 3,350ha of land for research and production in Morogoro, 840 ha of forest land in Arusha for research and production and about 320 ha of virgin forest for research in Usambara mountains near Tanga.
SUA hosts the Sokoine National Agricultural Library which serves both as a university library for Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) as well as a national agricultural library for Tanzania. The library holds about 100,000 volumes of books and periodicals. The Library Catalogue can be searched through the Internet. In addition, the library holds a number of CD-ROM databases, and provides Internet services including access to full text journal articles on agriculture and allied sciences.
SUA has been undertaking research in farming systems, intercropping, agroforestry, dairy goat improvement, bovine parasitic otitis, tick and tick borne disease control and identification and control of helmintic diseases of livestock and poultry, studies on epidemiology of CBPP and TB, and in crops. From these research undertakings a number of achievements have been recorded.
For example: SUA’s bean improvement project has released high yielding varieties like SUA 90 and ROJO, which have a lot of potential in smallholder bean production systems.
SUA has made improvements in the production systems for vegetable crops and dairy goats and cattle in highland areas with land scarcity. SUA has also contributed towards improving the delivery of extension services in Morogoro and other regions through various extension and outreach programmes.
Other achievements in areas of applied, product development and technology transfer research include:
Professorial Research Chair
The University encourages the establishment of Professorial Research Chairs within the Departments/Institutes outside the normal establishments. The purpose is to implement activities of specifically funded research for a specific duration. Terms of contract are highlighted in a DRPGS publication on ” Policy and Procedures for Professorial Research Chairs ”
Funding of Research
About 98% of the research projects undertaken at SUA are externally funded through signed agreements between individual researchers, departments or University in general on one hand, and the funding agencies on the other hand. The other 2% is funded by the Government of Tanzania and internal public and non governmental organizations. All Government funded research projects and where research funds are channeled through the University by the funding agencies, applicants have to apply for research funds by using the standard Application for Grant form ( R&P 001 ).
Successful researchers have to submit regular progress reports by filling Progress Report form ( R&P 002 ) to Senate through Senate Research and Publication Committee (R & PC). At the end of the research project, researchers are also required to submit terminal reports by filling Terminal report form ( R & P 003 ).
Application and reporting procedures for research projects not administered by the University through SR&PC vary depending on the signed agreements between the funding agencies and the individual researchers or department. Where research funds have to be administered by the University, an Administration fee of 5 percent is charged for each project.
The amount of funds spent on research is estimated to be about TAS 2.0 billion per year. The list of agencies funding research at SUA are normally printed biannually in SUA Research Newsletter published by DPRTC.
Publication of Research Results
Researchers at SUA publish research results or findings in both local and international scientific journals. A good number of SUA researchers are members of the Editorial Boards of reputable scientific journals both locally and internationally. Most of the local journals in the agricultural sciences are based at SUA.
Among these journals include:
Journal of Agricultural Economics and Development
Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension
Tanzania Journal of Agricultural Engineering
Journal of Development Studies
In addition to publishing in scientific journals, SUA researchers also present research results in local and international Conferences and Workshops. Most of the proceedings of these conferences are printed and distributed widely.
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