Applied research at rural NGO in Tanzania

Working at the Mvumi Rural Training Centre,  a rural NGO at Participatory Technology Development in the period 1990-1994 I did applied research on a large number of issues:

  • The economics of zero-grazing
  • Alley cropping and fodder banks
  • Sunflower oilpresses
  • Biogas
  • Variety trials on sorghum and millet

In total 13 potential innovations were reviewed on their technical, social (incl. gender) and environmental merits.  The results can be read in A Farming System Analysis of the Wagogo, semi-pastoralists in Dodoma, Central Tanzania. The work was also the basis for extensive paper on the role of research in rural development.