SPECIAL PROJECT SUPERVISION IN THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREST AND ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS

SUPERVISOR’S NAME

STUDENT’S NAME

Prof. Jumanne Abdallah

Joseph Castus

 

Mahembo  James

 

Mbele, Betisheba Daudi

 

Ngatungwa Karista Juma

 

Patel Hosea Kisuyan

 

Seth Jesus

Prof. Gerald Monela

Ayubu Stella

 

Daudi, William

 

Dotto, Yatobanga

Prof. Y.M. Ngaga

Hamisi, Zaituni

 

Hosea, Donald

 

Julius, Simon Marekana

 

Komba, Moses Moses

 

Maregesi, Matofali

Prof. F.M. Mombo

Mbilinyi, Edna Geofrey

 

Mwamasungula, Asheri Godwin

 

Simfumkwe, Meshack Friday

 

Swigo, Leagan J.

 

Christian Anderson

Dr. Leopold Lusambo/ Mr. Kosei Masaka

Elias Deogratius

 

Salumu Juma

 

Adam Stivin

 

Joachim, Jordan

 

Kilasa, Ramadhani Joseph

Dr. Nyamoga

Kimwaga, Joseph James

 

Meng’anyi Mary

 

Mkono, Barnaba Salamba

 

Mngara, Fadhili Raphael

 

Kamwana, Bahati Kamwana

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 Kosei Masaka 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.

Forestry Programme on Business, Entrepreneurship and Marketing expected to be launched at SUA will raise the value of forest products in the country

Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) through the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism aims to launch the Forestry Business, Finance and Marketing programme as a strategic strategy to provide graduates in the forest field who are going to raise the value chain of forest products in the country.

Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Sokoine Agricultural University (Administration and Finance) Prof. Yasinta Muzanila in the center with other workshop participants.

This was stated on November 7, 2019 in Dar es Salaam by Prof. Yasinta Muzanila who represented the Vice Chancellor of Sokoine University of Agriculture, Prof. Raphael Chibunda.

Prof. Muzanila said if the Programme was successfully established then it would increase the scope of students to participate fully in increasing national income through the forest sector in the country.

She said the Programme is unique as it would enable the graduate to hold a career in forestry, economics, finance, marketing and trade and thus eliminate the challenge of unemployment as one would be self-employed and sometimes help tree farmers manage their business.

 "On the other hand there are new challenges in forest education, for example many graduates have the prospect of being employed in urban areas immediately after graduation and their expertise is more needed in rural areas," said Prof. Muzanila

Commenting on the introduction of the new programme, the President of the Tanzania Forestry Industry Federation, Mr. Ben Sulus said the current government aims to boost the economy through industry so the Programme is timely and will boost the forestry sector as it is one of the major sources of industrial raw materials.

Referring to the importance of introducing the Programme, Prof. Felister Mombo from the department of Forest and Environmental Economics said there is a need to ensure a consolidation of forestry, economic and trade issues to address various trade challenges in the forest sector.

In this single day workshop the senior lecturers, Prof. Yonika Ngaga and Prof J.M. Abdallah who is the Head of the Department of Forest and Environmental Economics showed how this Programme will be read and taught. This workshop has involved stakeholders from the Government, the Private Sector and the various Specialists.

From

http://www.suamedia.sua.ac.tz/index.php/2019/11/07/kozi-ya-misitu-biashara-ujasiliamali-na-masako-inayotarajiwa-kuanzishwa-sua-itainua-mnyororo-wa-thamani-wa-misitu-nchini/

COLLEGE OF FORESTRY, WILDLIFE AND TOURISM CONGRATULATES PROFESSOR NGAGA

On 2nd October, 2019, the college of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism offered a memorial shield to Proffesor Ngaga who is a former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration and Finance) of Sokoine University of Agriculture. The shield was given as an appreciation of his commitment and outstanding leadership for all the time that he served in administrative grounds.

Professor Ngaga who is known to be conversant in economics of natural resources matters, retired as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration and Finance) on 21st December, 2018. He is a senior member of the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism and has a huge experience of leadership in different positions at the University. The Department of Forest and Environmental Economics feels privileged to have worked with him and wishing him more success in his career at the university.

NEW PhD AT THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREST AND ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS

On 23rd August, 2019, Dr. Greyson Nyamoga who is a Lecturer and Researcher in the department of forest and environmental economics successfully defended his PhD thesis at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway.  His PhD focused on developing a Forest Sector Model for Tanzania which will be used for forecasting both demand and supply of the forest products as well as technological improvements and their environmental implications.

The title for his thesis is "Analyzing aspects of land-use sustainability in Tanzania: Current forest degradation, urban charcoal demand, and impacts of future firewood and charcoal consumption". With this achievement the number of PhD holders at the department now increase to seven (7). Sincere congratulation to Dr. Nyamoga from the department for this marvelous accomplishment.  

FIELD PRACTICAL TRAININGS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREST AND ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/2019

Field practical trainings for 3rd year forestry students started on 22nd July 2019 at SOKOINE UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE TRAINING FOREST (SUATF) located in Olmotonyi, Arusha. The supervisors were Dr.Lusambo and Mr.Kosei from the Department of Forestry and Environmental Economics. The main theme for the practical is to transpose theoretical knowledge into practical experience i.e. exposing students to the actual field situation. The practicals covered three sections; financial resources management, law enforcement and extension education. Financial resource management section was covered by Mr. Msola the accountant at SUATF.
Mr. Msola as the accountant for SUATF shared his experience on financial resource management at SUATF with the students. He insisted that financial resource management is very important section for the development of any organization.
On 23rd July 2019 the field practical continued by shifting the focus to the second section which was law enforcement. Students visited Meru/USA forest office at Olmotonyi, Arusha .The aim of the visit was to expose students on Forest law enforcement through the forest act of 2002 under the section of permit and licensing.
Students got the chance to meet with the Meru/USA plantation manager Mr.Robert Faustine and protection officer Mr.Japhary Hassan who shared their experience on forest law enforcement under the forest act of 2002. They also visited the plantation checkpoint where the attendants share their experience on how inspection is done at the checkpoint.
Finally, third year forest students visited Shiboro village for Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) on 24th of July 2019. The aim of the visit was to identify the challenges and problems facing the adjacent communities’ mainly from forest activities and management of SUA training forest using matrix scoring and ranking approach. The exercise was a success and the students appreciated a taste of field circumstances as well as capturing the perception of the locals in forestry and forest management activities.

Congratulations Professor G.C.Monela

The College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism has handed a memorial shield to the former Vice Chancellor of Sokoine University of Agriculture, Professor Gerald Monela for his excellence in leadership. His leadership voyage at the University reached a climax last year when he retired from administrative duties.

For eleven years, Professor Monela served as a leader at different levels in the University. He is a senior member of the Department of Forest and Environmental Economics which is under the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism. His leadership career at the university started in 1996 when he was appointed as the head of the Department of Forest and Environmental Economics (which was known as Forest Economics by then). From there, he went on to become the Dean of Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation (Colleges were known as Faculties by then), Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration and Finance) and finally the Vice Chancellor. The Principal, Professor John Kessy led the staffs of the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism to express their gratitude to Professor Monela at a small event that took place nearby the College. Apart from being appreciative, Professor Monela invited more cooperation from the staffs as he is accessible and ready to help where he can. The department of Forest and Environmental Economics is proud of him and thanks him a lot for the marvellous work that he did in different administrative positions before his retirement as a Vice Chancellor in 2017.    

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My experience regarding the 1st Summer and Field School under the WoodCluster Project in Tanzania

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In late July and early August of this year, the department of Forest and Environmental Economics under the College of Forest, Wildlife and Tourism hosted a Summer School programme ‘first summer and Field School’. The 10 days international programme was designed for students, academic staff and project officers under the WoodCluster Project whose overall objective is to Narrow the East African Wood Supply Gap through Research and Teaching for Farm-Wood-Production base national Bio-Economies with funding from the German ministry for Education (BFMF) to promote Partnerships for Sustainable Solutions within Sub‐Saharan Africa.

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Kapinga's successful PhD defence

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This is to inform the SUA community that, Consolatha Kapinga who was registered in the Department of Forest and Environmental Economics, Successfully defended her PhD viva voce on Friday 24th August, 2018. Her PhD study focused on Value Chain Analysis of Sawn Wood from Tanzania Forest Plantations. Let's join hands to congratulate Consolatha for this significant achievement.

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The Wood Cluster Project Team Visited Sao Hill Plantation

Wood Cluster Project Participants Visits Sao Hill Plantation

On 6th August, 2018 the WoodCluster project team visited Sao Hill Plantation in Mafinga which is owned by the government of Tanzania. The visit was one of the activities in the first summer and field school which was organised by the department of Forest and Environmental Economics. The Team included coallegues from Huwassa University (Ethiopia), Makerere University (Uganda), Technical university Dresden (Germany) and Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania) who were the hosts through the department of Forest and Environmental Economics.

The Project team learned a lot from the discussion with the staff of Tanzania Forest Service (TFS) who are managing the Plantation and also provided their comments on some issues concerning the operation of the farm. The visit generated mutual benefits and experiences for each participant including the opportunity to supplement the theoretical knowledge with field circumstances.

It was established that academic institutions which basically creates professionals should cooperate with the stakeholders such as TFS and others so as to understand the gaps and demands in the forestry sector and tackle the identified setbacks in a viable approach.