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Researchers urged to disseminate the results of their work and help develop better policies

Researchers at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) have been advised to continue to ensure that they allocate funds for the dissemination of research results to reach the target audience and also to contribute to the formulation of national policies or to improve existing ones

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Research and Publication Coordinator in the Directorate of Postgraduate Studies, Research, Technology Transfer and Consultancy (DPRTC) SUA Prof. Japhet Kashaigili delivering his speech

This was directed by the Coordinator of research and publication from the Directorate of Postgraduate Studies, Research, Technology Transfer and Consultancy SUA, Prof. Japhet Kashaigili during the brief closing ceremony of the Capacity Building and Promotion of Evidence Informed Decision Making among Researchers and Policymakers for enhanced evidence use in Tanzania (CREPEE) project on April 8, 2021 at Solomon Mahlangu College of Science and Education, Mazimbu.

Prof. Kashaigili explained that there are many good studies that have been done by SUA researchers but the contribution has not yet been seen in supporting policy formulation and improvement of existing policies and instead they are only used to award researchers and promotions.

''If you look at for example the issue of dissemination of the results of our research, we often put very little money and sometimes we do not invest in some projects, but this is done without realizing that processing the relevant research results to help find a policy is part of the distribution of those results for the beneficiaries, so not setting a budget means you have nothing to distribute "said Prof. Kashaigili.

He added that at present, it is important for every researcher to understand the key techniques of writing and presenting the results of their research to the target audience, which includes writing in a language that can be easily understood and easily conveyed because most people do not know what is going on at university.


Stakeholders and invited guests who participated in the event following the project details and contributions of the participants in the project

Prof. Kashaigili commended the project leadership for bringing together various university stakeholders and explaining the project's objectives and results and thus helping even other researchers to see what happened and said that this culture should be imitated by other researchers to help inform each other.

Commenting on the event and objectives of the project which was implemented for six months, Project Leader Dr. Faith Mabiki said that the aim of the event was to bring together all stakeholders and inform them of what they were doing because there had been so many studies taking place at the University but one researcher did not know what another researcher was doing and what he had achieved.

The Head of the Project, Dr. Faith Mabiki speaking during the event on the objectives of the event as well as the successes achieved

She said that the objectives of the project were first to see if researchers could contribute to the production of national policies or to improve existing policies to get better policies from the research they do, secondly to create awareness among researchers and policy makers to see the importance of using research results in to generate policy, thirdly is to empower researchers in writing their results in simple language and fourthly is to establish a SUA research processing center that will help collect all research locally and abroad to help to produce policy.

Dr. Mabiki thanked the Vice Chancellor of the Sokoine University of Agriculture Prof. Raphael Chibunda for his significant contribution to the implementation of the objectives of the project especially during the preparation of the debate which took place last year and have great results that are now going to give birth to the largest center in the country.

Head of the Department Policy Planning and Management, Prof. Fatihia Massawe opening the event

Earlier speaking at the opening of the event, the Head of Policy Planning and Management Department in the College of Social Sciences Humanities, Prof. Fatihia Massawe said in order to ensure that what researchers do generates policy they should not rely on one study alone because it will not persuade the policy maker to make a policy but to do more research on different perspectives such as Economics, Social and even Health.

"It is important to be aware that in order to send our policy document, we must ensure that it is full of information, it must touch every area in its entirety or we will continue to be here where we now want every research and every project to produce a policy," said Prof. Fatihia Massawe

She said that the establishment of an international center to process research results to generate policy will go a long way in uniting forces and capabilities together in conducting more research and contributing to the formulation of various national policies.

The project's mentor, Prof. Lusato Kurwijila speaking during the closing ceremony of the project

GRILI project conducts its annual general meeting 2021

Stakeholders of the Green Resources Innovations for Livelihood Improvement (GRILI) Project have met for their annual general meeting to discuss the progress of the project in line with the results of various studies conducted by the students funded by the project at PhD and Masters level. The meeting is taking place in Njombe Tanzania 

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Opening the meeting, the main researcher of the project, Dr. Faith Mabiki said the conference this year is being held in the absence of other key stakeholders of the project from abroad due to the challenge of COVID-19 disease but they will participate through the internet.

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Tradition medicines for health and better economy

"At the moment, there exist various epidemic and pandemic diseases such as nCOVID-19,thus we have to think and work purposely to protect our society against these diseases" said the Guest of Honour.DSC 0158

Guest of Honour representative from the office of Regional Administrative Sectaretary of Morogoro.

Following the exhibition of tradition medicine at Morogoro general market  on 22nd January 2021, tradition medicines practitioners proved the use of these medicine for better health along with better economy.

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Green Resources Innovations for Livelihood Improvement (GRILI) project organizes training workshop for traditional healers in Morogoro

Traditional healers in the country have been advised to take a closer look at how to use the results of research conducted by researchers from the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and other institutions to improve existing products and introduce new products to meet the needs of the community at the right time.

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Deputy Vice Chancellor of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) responsible for Administration and Finance Prof. Amandus Muhairwa opening the workshop on behalf of the Vice Chancellor Prof. Raphael Chibunda

The advice was given by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration and Finance) Prof. Amandus Muhairwa on behalf of the university's Vice Chancellor, Prof. Raphael Chibunda while opening a one-day training workshop for traditional healers from various parts of the country organized by the Green Resources Innovations for Livelihood Improvement (GRILI) project on 21st January 2021 at Solomon Mahlangu Campus in Mazimbu Morogoro

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The Head of Department welcomes first year

‘’I take this opportunity to welcome all of you who have decided to pursue Physics or Chemistry line of study. Be confident that you are in the right place and you will advance as both young scientists and professionals’’. Said The Head of Department of Chemistry and Physics, Dr. Faith Mabiki.

On Saturday, The Head of Department held the meeting with all first year students pursuing Bachelor of Science degree with Physics or Chemistry as major subjects, She emphasised them on timely registation of courses,self awareness and financial managements.IMG 20201214 WA0004

Dr. Faith Mabiki (Left sitting) and Dr. Hezron Mwakabona (Right sitting) with Physics and Chemistry first year students at the back.

In addition to that,She introduced them to course curriculum and teaching arrangement as planned by the department.

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Traditional healers plan to set up small industries and sell their products abroad

Traditional healers and alternative medical practitioners in Njombe region have thanked Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) through its researchers for building their capacity to increase the value of their medicines, increase productivity as well as increase their income and promise to do their job scientifically so that they can export these drugs abroad.

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Group of traditional healers and alternative medical practitioners who participated in the training posing with happy faces after making soap each one with their own hands whereby everyone used his/her favorite medicinal plant

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Njombe traditional healers empowered to add value to their products

Researchers from Department of Chemistry and Physics at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) have been commended for their efforts to build the capacity of traditional healers and alternative medical practitioners on increasing the value of their medicines, the sustainable use of their medicinal plants, how to improve treatment and increase their income.

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Dr. Faith Mabiki who is the leader of the Green Resources Innovations for Livelihood Improvement (GRILI) project, talking to the traditional healers and alternative medical practitioners in Njombe Region during the training

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Research findings should contribute to the development and formulation of policies

The government relies on the results of research studies in making decisions and overseeing the development of the country, although the contribution of those studies in formulating policies and development plans in the country is still not satisfactory.

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CREPEE project leader, Dr. Faith Mabiki talking about the objectives of the project and the debate

This was stated by the secretary general of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Professor Riziki Shemdoe while opening a debate on the analysis of research findings in the formulation of policy and development plans held on September 5, 2020 at Sokoine University of Agriculture’s Nelson Mandela Freedom Square in Mazimbu Morogoro.

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THE LAUNCH OF NEW PHYSICS BASED UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

The Department of Chemistry and Physics is glad to announce to the Public about the launch of new education (Physics based) undergraduate degree programs.

The following degree programs will start in academic year 2020/2021 and will be hosted by the Department of Chemistry and Physics located at Solomon Mahlangu College of Science and Education. 

Bachelor of Science with Education - Physics and Mathematics,

Bachelor of Science with Education - Physics and Chemistry,

Bachelor of Science with Education - Physics and Geography,

Bachelor of Science with Education - Physics and Information Technology.

The admission criteria to the programs will follow Tanzania Comission for Universities (TCU) guidelines. For more information about  admission criteria visit the Directorate of Undergraduate Studies.

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GRILI-DANIDA Project: First Annual General Meeting

Green Resources Innovations for Livelihood Improvement (GRILI)  is a DANIDA funded research project implimented by SUA in collaboration with researchers from NM-AIST, ITM, NIMR, MU, TIRDO and UCP  since  January 2018. The project aims at advancing the Quality of Green Resource Products (GRPs) for markets in order to contribute in improving Tanzanians Livelihood.  On 26th and 27th February 2020, the project organized its first Annual general meeting at Nelson Mandela-African Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha Tanzania with the aim of sharing general project progress and research outputs.

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A group photo of participants to the GRILI Project Annual General Meeting held at Nelson Mandela-African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) Conference Hall in Arusha Region (February 26, 2020)

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MODIFIED WASTE SISAL FIBRE PRODUCES POTENT ADSORBENTS FOR FLUORIDE REMOVAL IN WATER

This conclusion emanated from a detailed research done by Dr. Mwakabona from the Department of chemistry and Physics, SUA-Tanzania and other Scientists at KU Leuven University in Belgium. The work produces a thesis titled: A “Smart” Approach on Fluoride Removal: Detection in Water Sources and Removal with biomass” and peer reviewed publications.

Microbial and chemical contamination of the drinking water is mentioned as major issue undermining social life in Tanzania and the developing world in general

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                                                                              Dr. Hezron Timothy Mwakabona (In the middle)

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WELCOME NOTE TO ALL FIRST YEAR STUDENTS

The department welcomes all first year students particularly those who are expecting to take chemistry courses. Our depatment provides academic environment and facilities for so as to meet present technological and market demands in Chemistry.

It is here that, you will enjoy your academic life.

WE ARE WELCOMING ALL STUDENTS WHO WERE SELECTED TO JOIN OUR DEPARTMENT.

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The Head of Department (Dr. Faith P. Mabiki), presenting a speech to the first year students during the orientation week.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR MSc SCHOLARSHIPS IN GREEN RESOURCES INNOVATION FOR LIVELIHOOD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

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Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and other partner Universities and research institutions in Tanzania, in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) is implementing a collaborative research project titled “Green resources Innovations for Livelihood improvement (GRILI)”.  The project is supported by the Danish Development Agency (DANIDA) and its main objective is to contribute to the improvement of people’s livelihood through generation of scientific knowledge and commercialization of Green Resource Products (GRPs) in Tanzania. The Project will use two plant species, Synadenium glaucescens and Commiphora swynnertonii, as model plants for adding value and up-scaling technologies. Furthermore, these two GRPs will be used to establish simple analytical screening methods for assessment of quality and safety and as a background for establishing business models.

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Training workshop to build capacity for researchers on policy matters

The CREPEE project from Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) has organized a one-day workshop for capacity building for researchers from various universities in Tanzania to use research data to help formulate policies and contribute to the country's development

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Opening the workshop on 4th September 2020 at the ICE Hall located in the main campus of Sokoine University of Agriculture on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Prof. Maulid Mwatawala said that the aim of the workshop was to teach researchers how to use their data and put it in a simple language that policy makers can use to make decisions.

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Bridging the Gap between Scientists and the Media

“Communication of science is essential if the public and policymakers are to make informed decisions on issues facing their communities and regions” by DFC

Four Researchers from SUA – DANIDA GRILI project (Dr. Mabiki, F., Prof. Mdegela R., Dr. Makindara, J and Mr. Mwankuna, C) benefitted from the training on how to easily find news stories based on the latest scientific results from Tanzania. Communicating Science to the Public and Policy makers, using the simplest language which could be understood by the community, was mentioned as the best strategy to increase the impact of research results among communities in Tanzania. The training workshop organized by DANIDA Fellowship Centre and COSTECH was held on 3rd June 2019 at Seashells Hotel. During the training, researchers from project funded by DANIDA around the country were trained and Given time to exchange ideas on how they can work together to enhance the communication of the scientific results. It is expected that the capacity built will contribute to effective dissemination of the results of the Projects.

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 The COSTECH Director General Dr. Amos Muhunda Nungu welcoming the workshop participants

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Creating Awareness on Chemicals, Quality and Markets for Traditional Healers' Products

The workshop aimed at creating Awareness on Chemicals, Quality and Markets for Traditional Healers' Products. The workshop was as result of a reconnaissance survey conducted by DANIDA GRILI PROJECT in early 2018. It was realized that majority of the traditional healers ask themselves whether, the medicinal plants they use contain chemicals, does the quality of their products matter? and if at all their business can bring a positive impact on there livelihood.

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Dr. Ngalula Wille Anne (middle fron line), the reginal coordinator for Traditional  and Alternative Medicine (Representing the RMO of Morogoro) on day One workshop at SMCOSE 

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GRILI Project Inception meeting

GRILI is a unique project that take a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach encompassing relevant stakeholders in Green Resources Products (GRPs)’ value chain. The project involves a unique consortium of five Universities (from Tanzania and Denmark) and two research institutions working on two traditionally used plants as study-objects to research. The inception meeting was held in August 2018 with aim of introducing the project to all stakeholders taking part in the GRPs value/supply in Tanzania in order to allow smooth implementation of the project and dissemination of results for a bigger impact at grass root level. 

The Vive Chancellor of Sokoine University of Agriculture Prof. Raphael T. Chibunda speaking with project stakeholders during the Inception meeting

The Deputy Vice Chancellor of Sokoine University of Agriculture (Prof. Peter Gillah) speaking with project  stakeholders during DANIDA-GRILI Inception meeting

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Dr. Faith Mabiki awarded AESA-RISE Postdoctoral award

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The Post-doctoral project involves valorising some formulated SG phytoproducts, a medicinal plant which is traditionally used in Tanzania for treatment of some human and animal diseases.  Her project arises from patents she obtained during her PhD on antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal capacity of the extracts from the plant. Through this project, the products which are Syna soap, Syna syrup and Syna cream will be studied. In order to add value of these products the mixed compounds that contribute to their activity against Skin fungal infections and coughing will be identified and tested for their proper doses. This will contribute to proper labelling and packaging, which will build more confidence to customers when buying the products.

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Promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Primary Schools

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) need to be imparted on Tanzania children to rise their interest on solving life problems. STEM education takes the knowledge obtained in class into the real world. It emphasizes the integration and use of scientific knowledge into solving real life problems. The department of Chemistry is in the fore front to promoting STEM subjects at primary school with the aim of contributing into the current national agenda on industrialization. Arrangement of Science quiz competitions and demonstrations are done for more than 5 years. Camel Primary School located at Kihonda Morogoro has been a beneficiary to the STEM program for more than 5 years. The program has contributed in enhancing the capacity of students to be fast thinkers and respondents on issues pertaining to science and life.

Winners of Science competition (Five Primary School students), University students (from Department of Chemistry and Physics) together with the Head of Department of Chemistry and Physics (Dr. Faith Mabiki)

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