MODERNIZING AND IMPROVING EFFECTIVENESS OF THE EXTENSION SERVICE IN TANZANIA BASED ON THE U.S. EXTENSION MODEL
County Extension Director
University of Florida IFAS
In 2012 Ms. Jacqueline Mkindi, Chief Executive Officer of Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA) visited U.S. participating in President Obama’s Young African Leaders Program. She was also hosted by the UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension Director (CED) Teresa Olczyk, who organized educational program, meetings with women leaders from local growers’ associations and visits to several horticultural operations to help Ms. Mkindi learn about U.S. Extension Service and educate her how the UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension works with local farmers and farmers’ organizations. Ms. Mkindi wanted to learn more about the direct links between University of Florida’s agricultural research and Extension Service and how the research results are disseminated to farmers by Miami-Dade County Extension Service. She collaborated with iAGRI Consortium in Tanzania and invited T. Olczyk to visit her country to introduce the U.S. Extension model to multiple stakeholders including TAHA, Ministry of Agriculture, Crop Production and Cooperatives and the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). The invitation was finalized in the fall of 2013. The CED traveled to Tanzania, shared her Extension experiences with multiple Tanzanian partners helping to generate discussions leading to developing collaborations and partnerships benefiting Tanzanian horticultural sector, especially small and medium farmers. As the result of this visit, the MOUs between TAHA, SUA and iAGRI are currently being developed to improve and modernize Extension Service in Tanzania and include linkages between research from SUA and dissemination of practical information to farmers by government’s and private Extension Services. Future collaborations between UF/IFAS Extension and Tanzanian partners are being discussed.
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Authors: T. Olczyk, J. Mkindi, T. Msogoya, A. Mattee, D. Karaybill, D. Hansen, W. Bowen
Olczyk, T. EXTENSION AGENT IV, CED, University of Florida IFAS, Florida, 33030
Mkindi, J. Chief Executive Officer, Tanzania Horticultural Association,
Msogoya, T. Associate Professor, Sokoine University of Agriculture,
Mattee, A. Professor, Sokoine University of Agriculture,
Karaybill, D. Professor, Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI),
Hansen, D. Professor, OSU, Ohio, 43210
Bowen, W. Professor, UF/IFAS International Programs, Florida, 32611