Our commitment to improving management of important pests of crops, animals and humans is the lifeblood of the Sokoine University of Agriculture, Institute Pest Management (IPM). I am deeply proud of the remarkable work our team is doing to acquire knowledge and generate solutions for pest problems in Tanzania and elsewhere in the region.
IPM’s research activities are broadly destined at understanding the biology and ecology of important vertebrate and invertebrate pests of crops, animals and humans; and eventually developing sustainable technologies and/or strategies to manage such pests. Most of our research projects for the last three decades have overwhelmingly been focusing on rodent pests, as the main source of crop damage/losses and zoonotic diseases.
Recently (2017), the Centre competitively acquired a prestigious status ‘Africa Centre of Excellence for Innovative Rodent Pest Management and Biosensor Technology Development (Acronym: Rat-Tech)’. This Centre aims at building capacity in rodent research and biosensor technology development across the region.
Going forward, we have started growing our research capacity towards other priority pests notably armyworms, Quelea quelea, termites, cockroaches, mosquitoes, fleas, tsetse flies ticks and blackflies. The Centre is already housing researchers with the relevant expertise and experience; therefore we will use them to catalyze and drive our efforts towards that direction. In view of the same, we are progressively factoring in other strategies: Early Career Researchers Development Program (already in place), postdoctoral fellows program, increasing grant applications, employing additional research staff based on research projects and creating and/or improving capacity through exchange programmes.
I do hope that you will enjoy exploring more about who we are and what we do; and if you are interested in collaborating or you are aspiring to become one of us, feel free to get in touch.
“To become a reputable centre of Excellence in pest research and management”
This vision broadly aims at increasing the quality and quantity of agricultural and animal produce and to improve human health through research on sustainable pest management technologies, which are accessible to stakeholders in Tanzania and elsewhere.
“To carry out basic and applied research, teaching and to provide extension services in the field of pest management.”
The main mandate of the IPM is “to carry out and coordinate pest research activities at SUA and to collaborate with other stakeholders within and outside Tanzania” specifically, the mandates specifies the following activities: