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.
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.
Participants of the Resilience Academy seminar. Second from left in the front row Associate Professor Niina Käyhkö from the University of Turku and first from right in the front row Senior DRM & ICT Specialist Edward Anderson from the World Bank.
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.
The seminar was opened by Rector Jukka Kola, who emphasised the role of the collaboration even in the University’s new strategy. Edward Anderson on the right.
– 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.
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:
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;
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
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).
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
The deadline for submission is 17th November 2019 3.30 pm afternoon. Shortlisted candidates will be called for interview on 25th November 2019.
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, 2019from 10:00 to 12:00 noon
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.
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.
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
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”
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”
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”