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TWO PhD FELLOWSHIPS UNDER BSU III-AVC PROJECT

The BSU III – AVC project invites qualified applicants to apply for the available fully funded PhD positions to pursue PhD studies in Agribusiness as detailed hereunder:

Background

In response to the rapidly growing agribusiness subsector in the world, SUA in collaboration with the DANIDA funded, Building Stronger Universities (BSU III) Programme through the Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) Thematic Area, has developed a PhD in Agribusiness Programme commencing in 2020/2021 academic year. The programme’s broad objective is to produce highly qualified PhD graduates with capacity to undertake critical research and provide rigorous technical services in the sector nationally, regionally and globally.

The PhD in Agribusiness Programme

This is a PhD by coursework and dissertation program hosted in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness (DAEA) 

The Scholarship

The scholarship offers tuition fees, research funds, stipend, and other costs approved by the university. Successful candidates will spend up to 10 months of study stay either at the Copenhagen University, Aalborg University or University of Southern Denmark during the last three years of scholarship. The study stays in Denmark are part of the scholarship benefits. Successful candidates are expected to conduct research in selected agricultural value chains. The specific focus may include economic upgrading, governance and management of policies for the value chains in a traditional or sustainability perspective. The focus may also include socio-economic or environmental impact of the value chains. Other specific issues shall be determined in consultation with the candidate’s supervisor(s). Duration of the financial support is Four (4) years only.  

Eligibility

  • An applicant must be a full time academic staff at SUA
  • An applicant must be holding a Master’s degree from SUA or other recognized universities in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Agribusiness, or related degrees.
  • An applicant must be under the age of 40 years at the time of application.
  • An applicant must have been admitted into PhD - Agribusiness Studies at SUA. The application procedures for higher degrees can be found at http://www.dprtc.sua.ac.tz/ or http://suasis.sua.ac.tz:9092/index.php/welcome. 

How to Apply

Qualified applicants must submit an application letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following attachments

(i) A concept note (Maximum of 5 pages, Times New Roman Font Type and 1.5 line spacing),

(ii) Letter of admission or provisional admission into PhD - Agribusiness studies,

(iii) At least one published report/paper that the applicant has authored/co-authored within 5 years.

The Determinants of Farmers’ Choice of Markets for Staple Food Commodities in Dodoma and Morogoro, Tanzania

Written by Rajabu Joseph Kangile 1,*, Charles Peter Mgeni 2,3,* , Zena Theopist Mpenda 2 and

Stefan Sieber 3,4

Institutional and policy-induced factors affect farmers’ decisions on the choice of the market to sell their staple foods. This results in low motivation to participate in the production and agricultural commodities’ commercialization. This study determines specific institutional and policy-induced factors affecting the farmers’ decisions regarding the staple food market choice in Tanzania. The study uses household survey data collected from 820 farmers raising staple food crops (maize, rice, sorghum, and millet) randomly selected from the Dodoma and Morogoro regions, Tanzania.

For more detail please follow this link . https://res.mdpi.com/d_attachment/agriculture/agriculture-10-00142/article_deploy/agriculture-10-00142.pdf

Mobile money services and rice commercialisation in Tanzania

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Written by Aida Isinika & Ntengua Mdoe

Agricultural commercialisation is generally said to occur when an increasing number of farmers use more purchased inputs and they sell a larger share of their harvest.  In Mngeta division, Kilombero district, where rice is the main food and cash crop, production has been rising with time, facilitated by various factors, and so has the share of rice sold, hence rising commercialisation.  Both the rising purchase of production inputs and tools, and the purchase of paddy and rice after harvest means that lot of money changes hands, between traders and farmers after harvest, but also between input suppliers and farmers input suppliers during the planting season.  This is where mobile money services come in. 

for more information please click the link https  https://www.future-agricultures.org/blog/mobile-money-services-facilitating-rice-commercialisation-in-mngeta-tanzania/

Future agricultures

APRA Brief 23: Does rice commercialisation in Mngeta, Kilombero, Tanzania impact livelihoods?

Written by, Aida Isinika, Ntengua Mdoe, John Jeckonia, Christopher Magomba, Gilead Mlay and Devotha Kilave

This policy brief draws from research on rice commercialisation in Mngeta division, Kilombero District. The study area was selected because it fits well with the government’s ambition, under the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania framework, for smallholder farmers to benefit from technology transfer and market linkage with large-scale farmers. The analysis was based on research conducted with a randomly-selected sample of farm households across ten villages located 30km from Kilombero Plantation Limited, a large-scale rice farm in Mngeta division.

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