The main categories of outputs are the following: updated business processes and new facilities for financial management; improved laboratory and experimental facilities; three new post-graduate programs rolled out; six SUA staff graduated with PhD, six strategic pilot projects implemented; new channels for outreach identified; existing outreach channels at SUA upgraded. Achievement of these outputs entails implementation of several activities broadly classified as training of administrative staff and upgrading systems for finance management; upgrading of facilities and operating procedures for selected laboratories; operationalisation of three new postgraduate programs; implementation of six strategic pilot projects; training of six SUA staff at PhD level; engagement of stakeholders in different phases of research implementation; and upgrading of existing outreach channels at SUA.

The overall budget for the collaborative programme is DKK 13,000,000 distributed equally into DKK 6,500, 000 for SUA and DKK 6,500, 000 for CDU. For strengthening research administration, about DKK 670,000 and DKK 560, 000 is budgeted for on the SUA and CDU side, respectively. Regarding strengthening of researcher education and research processes, about DKK 2,794,000 is allocated on the SUA side and about DKK 3,990,000 on CDU side. About DKK 1,172,000 is budgeted for on the SUA side and about DKK 800,000 on the CDU side for strengthening research and outreach practices.

Objectives, Outcomes and Outputs for the Partnership in BSUIII
The overall objective of the collaborative program is to upgrade SUA to a university with worldwide reputation in providing scientific knowledge, research-based education and advice to society in major aspects of agriculture. From a long-term perspective, enhanced knowledge and competences to sustainably exploit natural resources is essential for the wellbeing of society and its citizens. Tanzania’s economy and people rely heavily on the agricultural sector, and society needs capable human resources to address and manage future challenges with due respect to the needs of future generations.

The BSUIII program outcomes and outputs are structured so as to follow the indicated outcome areas in Danida´s Concept Note for BSUIII. Seven key outputs have been defined. Implementation will be organized in work-packages that are thematic or addressing crosscutting service and infrastructure improvements. All outputs are in full accordance with SUA’s Five Year Corporate Strategic Plan 2016 – 2021 (

Concerning the first Danida outcome area (capacity is improved by strengthening administrative frameworks for university research) some outputs will materialize at university level and other outputs at thematic area level. Firstly, the already started process of streamlining the administrative procedures for financial management of research funds will be completed and extended where necessary. This will allow researchers (including those operating within the three thematic areas) to better focus on scientific tasks instead of devoting time and intellectual resources on administrative matters. The CDU support is primarily in the form of human resource development through generic and specialized course that are offered to specific target groups in the administrative system. Secondly, the upgrading of selected and targeted laboratory and experimental facilities for use within the thematic areas will permit experimental research at international state-of-the-art level, while also training the technical staff on the use of advanced equipment. Danish BSUIII participants, both researchers and technical staff, will act as advisors to specific procurements and subsequent training in the thematic areas.

The second Danida outcome area (capacity is improved by strengthening the organization and systems for offering research-based education and research processes) is structured according to the three thematic areas: within all three thematic areas, university capacity is improved by strengthening the organization of researcher training and research processes. Based on the experience from the piloting of courses under BSUII, post-graduate programs will be consolidated and improved. Research teams will be established and centered on new staff-PhD positions with participation of junior and senior staff from the partnership. The CDU will continue to support the piloting and consolidation of PhD courses via active participation in the course development and 6

Danish researchers will also participate in the research teams and resources are allocated to external PhD supervision. The third Danida outcome area (capacity is improved by strengthening research and outreach practices and networks) is also structured according to the three thematic areas but some outputs will materialize at the university level. The research teams (see above) will implement pilot projects of strategic importance for capacity building of research practice; each pilot project will be conceptualized, carried out and reported in close collaboration with the involved stakeholders in order to ensure that the scope of the research conducted at SUA is determined by societal needs. The CDU will allocate funds for the active participation of the Danish researchers in planning and implementation of stakeholder workshops/conferences and short courses for external participants from civil society, the private sector and public authorities. Some of the research results will also be disseminated via existing channels at SUA to reach a wider audience while at the same time improving the efficiency and focus of the channels. This will lead to multi-pronged external outreach, strengthened cooperation and linkages with the private sector, civil society and public sector research users.

As a consequence, the activities of the partnership will operate on the basis of seven outputs as shown in the Table below. Intended activities under each of the outputs will include but are not restricted to the following:

Output 1: Planning and implementation of generic and specific courses for administrative staff, upgrading organization and systems for finance management

Output 2: Identification of gaps of laboratory and experimental facilities, prioritization of needed procurements, installment and calibration of instruments, training in operational skills and maintenance.

Output 3: Selection of PhD courses for consolidation through repeated implementation with Danish researcher participation, development of new core courses in the postgraduate programs, strengthening of pedagogical elements in existing courses.

Output 4: Selection of highly qualified SUA staff for PhD scholarships, identification of PhD research projects aligned with the interests of the respective research teams, nomination of internal and external supervisors, drafting of PhD study programs, data collection and analysis, planning of study stays in Denmark, paper and synopsis writing.

Output 5: Identification of research topics of mutual interest, selection of research team members, clarification of tasks and internal division of labour, planning of data collection and analysis including alignment with the PhD project, joint paper drafting and publishing, conference participation, new research proposals for external funding,

Output 6: Stakeholder interaction in different phases of research implementation, workshops and short courses for a broader audience.

Output 7: Input to general SUA channels for dissemination, adjustment and suggestion for replacement of inefficient mechanisms, extension of well-working communication tools.






University capacity is improved by strengthening administrative frameworks for university research

1. Researchers are able to implement state of the art research and spend more time on core research activities and less time on financial and administrative tasks

1. Researchers, finance and administrative staff are trained in the effective use of updated business processes and new facilities for financial management

2. Laboratory and experimental facilities for specific and targeted purposes are installed; standard operating procedures are adopted and adhered to.


University capacity is improved by strengthening the organization and systems for offering research-based education and research processes.

2. SUA’s capacity to implement research and research based teaching is improved by transforming research and training practices to foster strong linkage between research and training

3. The three Post-graduate programs started and research-based teaching is consolidated and expanded

4. Six SUA-staff complete their PhD in Agricultural Value Chains, Agro-ecology and Aquaculture

5. Research teams involving researchers and postgraduate students have successfully implemented strategic pilot projects and produced results that feed into new research projects, research proposals and research-based teaching


University capacity is improved by strengthening research and outreach practices and networks

3. There is an increased interaction and knowledge sharing with external stakeholders for contextualization of research and increased uptake of findings

6. Research teams have successfully identified and used new channels and mechanisms for outreach within and across the three thematic areas.

7. Existing channels for outreach (e.g. SUA based journals, TV and radio) and initiatives (e.g. ICE, SUGECO) are supported for increased access to outreach information and participation of stakeholders in events.