Research projects

The Status of research projects in the School up to February 2018


1. Sustainable Cotton Production for Africa in Benin and Tanzania

Prof. Joseph Hella (PI)

Prof.G. Maly

Prof. A. Henninsen, N.M Hajderllari; MN Larsen & A Floquet


Overall aim of our project is to increase knowledge about the sustainability of cotton production in SSA, where we will particularly focus on organic cotton production.


·   develop an innovative framework for evaluating and comparing the sustainability of agricultural value chains and we will apply this framework to conduct an overall and in-depth analysis of the sustainability of conventional, organic, and other innovative cotton production methods in SSA.

·    evaluate how the different production methods and value chains affect the environmental, economic, and social aspects of sustainability generating new knowledge, scientific networks, and research capacity, the project will contribute to a greener economy, inclusive growth, and employment by increasing the sustainability of cotton

January 2015- December 2019 DANIDA At initial stage, preparing tools for baseline study


Prioritizing Policies and Public Investment under National Agric. Investment Policies (NAIP)

Ferdi Meyer (BFAP), Thinus van Schoor (Value chain Solutions),

Michael Day (Value chain Solutions),

James Thurlow (IFPRI)

Zena Mpenda (SUA)

Kangile Rajabu (SUA)

A primary objective is to refine the methodology which enables effective prioritization of focused investment in the primary and secondary agricultural sectors and value chains to enable inclusive growth. These investments should in turn enable measurable progress in the economic enablement of enterprises previously excluded from local agricultural value chains Oct 2017 to April 2018 Bill Gates through ReNAPRI Both national (CGE); sector level (spatial markets) and detailed value chain level analysis were successfully conducted. The three methods  produced interesting results which are now pulled together to produce written and spatial report
3 Legume for Livelihood (L4L): Leveraging on gender and market opportunities to maximize poverty and food security impacts among smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and SA targeting Groundnuts

SUA researchers:  Joseph Hella (PI)

Emanuel Monyo (ICRISAT Nairobi)

The L4L project aims to expend the high yielding and diseases resistant varieties in target regions of SA and SSA by strengthening value chain, breeding pipeline and seed supply systems. Specifically aims in investment in market institutions and upgrading value chain to reduce transaction and marketing costs, and better provision of market information  to increase trade and stimulate consumer demand May 2015-April 2018 BMGF through ICRISAT

US$ 98,000

Scooping study and identification of study areas (Shinyanga, Dodoma, Songwe and Mtwara) Baseline study completed,


Agricultural Investors as Development Actors (AIDA)?

Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Denmark

in collaboration with

Department of

Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics, Makerere University, Uganda

School of Agricultural Economics & Business Studies, Sokoine University of Agriculture, 
Tanzania, and


Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

SUA researchers

Evelyne Lazaro &

Khmaldin Mutabazi

The development objective of AIDA is to enhance positive – and safeguard against negative – development outcomes from the growing involvement of foreign investors in agricultural production in SSA for people living in and using land in areas receiving such investors, and thus contribute to enhance the role of foreign agricultural investors as development actors.

The range of possible development outcomes from foreign agricultural investments is wide. Through theoretically well-founded and empirically systematic research and drawing on the specific research competences held by AIDA researchers,

Research objectives are to:

i.     examine the development outcomes of foreign agricultural investments for local livelihoods, particularly along the dimensions of employment, land tenure security, and water security (dependent variables); 

ii.    identify the factors which enhance positive development outcomes along these dimensions (independent variables); 

iii.      assess the role of emerging rights-based investment governance instruments in shaping agricultural investments in SSA – directly by guiding agricultural investors or indirectly as tools for national governments and civil society.

March 1, 2016 – February 28, 2021


DKK 2,347,277

Recruitment of PhD candidates

Signing contractual agreements  & funding logistics