Integrated Aquaculture and Agriculture (IAA) Project

Knowledge Sharing, Research Dissemination and Communication; a case of Integrated Aquaculture and Agriculture (IAA)’ is a two years (2014 – 2015) project, which has received a no cost extension to 30th June 2017. This outreach project aims to support the efforts of universities to contribute to solving major societal challenges through communication and dissemination of research findings at all stakeholder levels. The project is financed by DANIDA under the auspices of the Building Stronger Universities (BSU) and implemented by a consortium of four Universities, which are:

1) University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM)
2) Sokoine University Agriculture (SUA)
3) Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
4) Denmark Technical University (DTU)

As part of the project activities, a test site for validation of the IAA concept was developed at Kunduchi Campus, University of Dar es Salaam. Results from test site indicate that such integration apart from enhancing fish and vegetable harvests provides additional crops (e.g. chicken, chicken eggs and vegetables) and thus may may serve to increase household income as well as improve nutritional status through consumption of these products.

In order to reach out to communities, the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Technology (UDSM) conducted a two days training workshop to extension officers and onsite demonstration to extension officers, which was held at Kunduchi Campus, University of Dar es Salaam, on the 5th and 6th May 2016. The Department also organized and hosted a high profile conference, which served as one of the avenues for the dissemination of IAA knowledge. The conference was held at the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Mlimani Campus on the 12th and 13th May 2016.

During the year 2016, project implementers also participated in various exhibitions by showcasing IAA results and models. These include the 2nd UDSM Research Week Exhibitions, the exhibitions held to mark the 55th anniversary commemorations of UDSM and the Mkulima Market event (these three events took place at the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Mlimani Campus), in addition to the 40th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (commonly known as Sabasaba Exhibitions).

Other dissemination materials that are under preparation include a documentary video on the test site, handbook on IAA, posters, brochures, flayers and policy briefs, which will be widely circulated to relevant stakeholders. We do believe that these outreach material will go a long way in advocating IAA in the country. back

A layout of integrated Poultry, Tilapia and Vegetable farming

Fish harvesting
Fish harvesting in one of the ponds during the pilot IAA study at Kunduchi, Dar es Salaam.
Chicken Hut
Chicken hut overhanging the fish pond at the demonstration site, Kunduchi, Dar es Salaam
Amaranthus growth
A demo garden showing a luxuriously growing amaranthus plot that was irrigated with water from a fishpond integrated with chicken.
Okra harvesting

Technical personnel harvesting Okra from the demo garden at Kunduchi, which irrigated with water from a fishpond that receives chicken manure.

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