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3 PhD Scholarships Available in LIVEFOR Project

The College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism of the Sokoine University of Agriculture, in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen, Denmark hereby invites interested and qualified citizens of Tanzania (holding Master’s degree or equivalent) to submit applications for 3 PhD scholarships under Danida financed LIVEFOR project. Students will be enrolled at both the Sokoine University of Agriculture and University of Copenhagen, with a possibility of attaining a double degree.

The scholarships duration is a maximum of four years, and will commence on July 1, 2020. The PhD scholars will be supervised by a joint team of senior academics from the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism and University of Copenhagen, and will be provided PhD level training in both university environments.

Further information on the Scholarships and application process is available at PhD positions available in the LIVEFOR project

 

 

University and World Bank Presented Their Collaboration in Improving Resilience of African Cities

Funded by the World Bank, the Resilience Academy project consists of collaboration between the University of Turku and four Tanzanian universities to offer knowledge, tools, and digital skills for the African youth to enable better resilience and urban development in African cities.

Tanzanias Preparation for Climate Risks Supported by Collaboration between University of Turku and Four Local Universities

The World Bank’s Disaster Risk Management team visited the University of Turku in connection to their collaboration in the Resilience Academy project. The visit included a seminar with discussion on how open access information, new tools, and better digital skills can support the urban development in African cities.

Uncontrolled population growth, poor urban planning, and lack of information make these cities especially vulnerable to climate risks. The objective of the Resilience Academy project is to reduce this vulnerability by offering education and tools for the African youth as well as developing e.g. their geospatial expertise to improve flood control.

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– The World Bank has a sort of connecting role in this collaboration: we match supply with demand by looking for innovations and solutions to fill the gaps in infrastructure and knowledge in Africa. We also work with the local governments, tells Senior DRM & ICT Specialist Edward Anderson from the World Bank.

University of Turku Supports Education of Future Experts

The University of Turku has collaborated institutionally with the Tanzanian universities in geospatial research and education for a long time. Lack of geospatial data hinders the urban development of the African cities and complicates e.g. flood predictions.

– The World Bank’s project offers the University an opportunity to utilise our capacity and offer practical solutions and education in for example digital skills in Tanzania. We have helped to improve the curricula of the Tanzanian universities to make them more efficient and meet the needs of the society, says Associate Professor Niina Käyhkö from the Department of Geography and Geology from the University of Turku.

Tanzania Urban Resilience Project (TURP) is a partnership between the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Bank. It has been established to support the Government of Tanzania in its endeavour to increase resilience to climate and disaster risk. The Tanzania Urban Resilience Programme (TURP) employs coordinated and strategic action to improve Tanzania's ability to prepare for, respond to, and adapt to a changing climate, as well as to withstand and rapidly recover from shock.

Text and photos: Lotta Junnila

Created 30.01.2020 | Updated 03.02.2020

TEN (10) RESEARCH ASSOCIATES UNDER THE PROJECT TRADE, DEVELOPMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT (TRADE) HUB

Background and Project Objectives
TRADE Hub is a five-year project running from 13th February 2019 to 12th February 2024. The project is implemented by Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in collaboration with other partners from 15 different countries in Africa, Asia, the UK, and Brazil. It is financed through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Collective Fund. 

The TRADE Hub project idea is based on the hypothesis that trade in wildlife and agricultural commodities could become an engine for inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction. The role of the hub is therefore to address the intractable challenge of how to eliminate the negative impacts on people and ecosystems from trade. 

Specifically, the project will map the flow of commodities from origin to destination to shed light on their impact on people and the natural world and inject this information into global models to predict how shifts in trade patterns will affect both people and nature. The project will also develop tools for countries, companies, and decision-makers to make sustainable trade a positive force into the future.

The Tanzania TRADE Hub will: 

  1. Map relevant trade policies in wildlife- and commodity-exporting countries, value chain structures, strategies, agreements, protocols, demand and supply balance sheets for modeling of economic impacts;  
  2. Analyse interactions of policy frameworks between importing and exporting countries, analyse the role of the historical evolution of policies and norms in shaping current situations for key wildlife products and agricultural commodities, and identify best practices; and
  3. Analyse international trade governance and performance, quantification of trade values and factors that influence trade both in the supply side and demand side.

Research Associates Positions 
Within this project, Ten (10) Research Associate Positions are available for Tanzanian nationals at this time. Existing MSc. students who have or are about to complete their coursework are encouraged to apply to undertake their research within the framework of the project identified topics on the wildlife, wild meat trade, and agricultural commodities (coffee, sugar, and soybean).

For more information about requirement and mode of application kindly visit https://www.sua.ac.tz/announcements/research-associates-under-project-trade-development-and-environment-trade-hub

 

Call for Application for research support to MSc dissertation

Background

Forestry and Value Chains Development (FORVAC) aims to contribute in increasing economic, social and environmental benefits from forests and woodlands while reducing deforestation. The expected outcome of FORVAC is “Improved forest-based income, livelihoods and environmental benefits”. Outcomes are expected to be achieved through the following outputs:

Output 1: Improved Value Chains and increased Private Sector Involvement in the forest sector. Key interventions:

1.1 Establishment and Mobilization of Village Land Forest Reserves (VLFR); and

1.2 Support to value chains development

Output 2: Stakeholder capacity to implement and promote forestry value chain development enhanced. Key interventions:

2.1 Improved institutional and management capacities of Village Councils and VNRC to implement CBFM and develop forest value chains;

2.2 Improved capacities to support and monitor CBFM/forest and related value chains and incorporating HRBA aspects; and

2.3 Forest products value chains/market system and business development skills incorporated in curricula of relevant training institutes.

Output 3: Functional extension, communication, monitoring systems; and management Information System (MIS) in place. Key interventions:

3.1 Enhanced extension and communication services; and

3.2 Monitoring and Management Information System (MIS) established.

Output 4: Supportive legal and policy frameworks to forest value chain and sustainable forest management developed. Key interventions:

4.1 Improved policy and regulatory framework for forest value chain development; and

4.2 Support to development of forest law enforcement, forest governance and trade of legally sources timber

The implementing agency of the programme is the Forest and Beekeeping Division (FBD) of the Ministry for Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT), in close cooperation with Tanzania Forest Service (TFS) and the President's Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG).

Research Support to Masters Students

The programme intends to provide financial support to disseration research to students of superior academic ability, selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study in selected fields of interest to FORVAC activities in Tanzania. The support will be to meet the costs of research and dissertation writing and submission.  The programme will not finance fees or stipends to the selected students.

The following are broad areas/topics the programme can support:

1) Natural Wood Timber Grading System in Tanzania (document the system in use) and Cameroon -comparative study;

2) Bamboo Value Chain in Tanzania (country wide market system analysis, and in Ruvuma area for the source: species, etc. processing, buyers, etc.);

3) How do women benefit from Community Forestry? (qualitative research, a few areas appointed, comparison of communities who gain income from the VLFR, and who don’t. What products do women get from the forest and do they see any extra value in having it reserved for future);

4) Quality of Community Timber (qualitative study, interviews within the furniture industry, why many industries import timber for furniture?); and

5) Beekeeping in Ruvuma.

Therefore, applications are invited from students who have finished their coursework. Target beneficiaries are students taking their M.Sc in forestry, environmental and natural resource economics, Management of natural resources, Wildlife and tourim. Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send their CV, academic transcrip, certicate and letter of motivation and a 1-2 pages Concept Note. Applications should be submitted in hard copy or by email attachment to Mr Masaka Kosei in the Department of Forest and Environmental Economics or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline for submission is 17th November 2019 3.30 pm afternoon. Shortlisted candidates will be called for interview on 25th November 2019.

3D-Articulated Hand Pose Estimation for Multi-touchless Human Machine Interaction

The College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism (CFWT) invites SUA community and all intrested people to attend the seminar entitled "3D-Articulated Hand Pose Estimation for Multi-touchless Human Machine Interaction"

This seminar presents an approach to developing a new interface that offers 3D interaction without direct contact with the computing device. This novel interaction technology is spurred by the 3D-hand pose estimation from depth which is a very challenging problem in the computer vision domain. 3D-Hand pose estimation provides a possibility for the new multi-touchless interface leading towards seamless human-machine interaction.

This is important as the conventional computing is limited to 2D plane display and is only suited when users sit behind the computing device. However, there are some scenarios that are inconvenience for a user to sit behind the computing device, for example, when the user is a medical doctor performing surgery (remote surgery), during road traffic interaction, in piloting, during presentation, or in communication with the disabled people (sign language recognition).

To demonstrate the performance of 3D-hand pose estimation in facilitating collaborative computing, a complete experiment was conducted on three challenging public datasets, ICVL, MSRA, and NYU. The empirical results show that 3D-hand pose estimation provides a natural way of interaction between human and virtual space that achieves greater user experience.

 

Speaker: Dr Jamal Banzi (PhD), Information and Communication Engineer, Department of Tourism and Recreation, SUA

Date & time: Tuesday 28th November, 2019 from 10:00 to 12:00 noon

Venue: National Carbon Monitoring Centre

 

For more information please contact;
Chairperson, Seminars Committee  
College of Forestry, Wildlife  and Tourism,
Sokoine University of Agriculture
P.O Box  3009
Morogoro - Tanzania
Telephone: +255 686 815 115
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Website: https://www.cfwt.sua.ac.tz

 

Prospective undergraduate graduands for the year 2019

The following undergraduate candidates have been approved by the University Senate to graduate during the 35th Graduation Ceremony scheduled on 22nd November, 2019. In case your information are not correctly written, please report to the Principal, College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BSc. Forestry 2019

BSc. Wildlife Management 2019

BSc. Tourism Management

 

For more information please contact;

Principal,
College of Forestry, Wildlife  and Tourism,
Sokoine University of Agriculture
P.O Box  3009
Morogoro - Tanzania
Telephone: +255 23 260 3459
Fax: +255 23 260 4648
Mob: +255754948708 or +255719830053
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Website: https://www.cfwt.sua.ac.tz

Special Project Supervisors for BSc Forestry, Wildlife Management and Tourism Management 2019

BSc Forestry, Wildlife Management and Tourism Management students third year are required to undertake special project research among others in order to meet the qualification for aquiring degree of BSc Forestry and Wildlife Management repectively. Therefore, BSc Forestry, Wildlife Management and Tourism Management students third year are kindly asked to download the list of special project supervisors for immediate actions. 
All students are required to revise their titles and contact supervisors for final decision and compilation by Undergraduate Studies Committee.
                                                        Special Project Supervisors for BSc. Wildlife Management 2019
                                                        Special Project Supervisors for BSc. Tourism Management 2019
 
 
For more information please contact;
Chairman, Undergraduate Studies Committee, 
College of Forestry, Wildlife  and Tourism,
Sokoine University of Agriculture
P.O Box  3009
Morogoro - Tanzania
Telephone: +255 653 687 591
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: https://www.cfwt.sua.ac.tz
 
 

TUTORIAL ASSISTANT (FOREST ENGINEERING) - 1 POST

Employer: Sokoine University of Agriculture - SUA
Date Published: 2019-10-31
Application Deadline: 2019-11-13

JOB SUMMARY:

N/A

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

i. To conduct induction course in pedagogic skills for those who had none before;

ii. To understudy senior members, including attending lectures and seminars, tutorials and practical training;

iii. To conduct tutorials, seminars and practicals;

iv. To assist in research, consultancy and outreach activities;

v. To perform any other related duties that may be assigned by the relevant authorities.

QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Possession of a Bachelor Degree in Forestry or Agricultural Engineering. Knowledge of GIS, Remote sensing and applied statistics will be an added advantage.

REMUNERATION: Salary Scale As per Treasury Registrar’s Circula

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Development Corridor Partnership (DCP) Project Tanzania Progress Meeting

On 23rd October 2019, the Development Corridor Partnership (DCP) Project Team at the Sokoine University of Agriculture together with the Project Leader from UNEP-WCMC, Prof. Neil Burgess and an Advisor to the Project, Ms. Christine Tam, held its project progress meeting in the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism seminar room. The meeting among others discussed the project progress to-date and received presentations from PDRAs and RAs who involved in the project. The DCP Tanzania team is doing its research in the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) with the aim of building capacity among researchers, practitioners, government and private sector actors to deliver sustainable development corridors. This includes increasing availability of the best tools and analyses and the skill to use them.

Munishi

Prof. Pantaleo K. Munishi (Co-Principal Investigator) opening the meeting by welcoming project team to have active participation for the betterment of project.

Prof. Neil Burgess Principal Investigator update on DCP project progress across other consortia members

Prof. Neil Burgess (Principal Investigator) update on DCP project progress across other consortia members

Modelling Land usecover transformation and their influence on water resource in the SAGCOT

Mr. Nyemo Chilagane (PDRA) (one with blue shirt) presenting research progress and expected outputs from his research topic titled “Modelling Land use/cover transformation and their influence on water resource in the SAGCOT”

Spatio temporal diversity and abundance of fish and its contribution to community livelihoods in Little Ruaha River Catchments Iringa Tanzani

Ms. Farida Mayowela (Research Assistant) (the first from left) presenting research progress and expected outputs of her research topic entitled “Spatio-temporal diversity and abundance of fish and its contribution to community livelihoods in Little Ruaha River Catchments Iringa Tanzania”

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Ms. Vaileth Mashauri (Research Assistant) (at the centre) presenting research progress and expected outputs of her research topic titled “Influence of tree farming on provisioning ecosystem services and community livelihoods in Mufindi District”

Prof. Japhet J. Kashaigili Co Principal Investigator presenting DCP project progress for SUA Team and the Work plan

Prof. Japhet J. Kashaigili (Co-Principal Investigator) presenting DCP project progress for SUA Team and the Work plan

project to various institutions of Tanzania

Prof. Neil Burgess (Principal Investigator) compiling the contribution of the project to various institutions of Tanzania

Group photo of the Development Corridor Partnership DCP Project Team of Tanzania

Group photo of the Development Corridor Partnership (DCP) Project Team of Tanzania

 

For more information please contact:

Co-PIs: Prof. P.K.T Munishi and Prof.  J.J. Kashaigili

Sokoine University of Agriculture

Development Corridor Partnership Project ,

College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism,

PO Box 3009, Chuo Kikuu, Morogoro, Tanzania

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Get in touch

Visit Project Website at: www.developmentcorridors.org

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Twitter: @devcorridors 

DCP partiners

Advancing Young Women in Agribusiness Entrepreneurship and Innovation

It is open to both women and men (who support women and youth in the sector) from ages 25-40. Selected fellows will spend 5 weeks in the US doing hands-on professional development activities.

The application for the spring 2020 cohort is now open.

Here is the link to the site with more information and the application portal: https://aap.isp.msu.edu/engagement/news-activities/advancing-young-women-professional-fellows-program/