From the Head of Department

busindeliWelcome to the Department of Agricultural Extension and Community Development (DAECD). This is one of the six Departments in the College of Agriculture of the Sokoine University of Agriculture established in 1984.

The Department of Agricultural Extension and Community Development formerly known as the Department of Agricultural Education and Extension (DAEE), was established in 1977. It offers programmes in agricultural extension and community development at both undergraduate (BSc) and postgraduate (M.Sc. and PhD) levels. Our graduates are mainly employed as extension staff and community development specialists by the government and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

Also others are employed as tutors and teachers in middle level colleges/institutes and secondary schools. Currently, there are over twenty academic members of staff and three non-academic members of staff. The Department is reputed for providing high quality education and skills to students besides undertaking innovative, creative and problem-solving researches in community development, extension and agricultural innovations to ensure sustainable utilization and increased uptake of developed and promoted agricultural technologies among farming community members. It is dedicated to bring about scientific advancements and technological uptake in the fields of Agricultural Extension, Education and Community Development. 

Recently, DAECD completed the review of the current B.Sc. Applied Agricultural Extension (AAE) programme tailored to meet the needs of mid-career front line agricultural extension staff. Furthermore, the M.Sc. (Agricultural Education and Extension) has been finalized in due course. As was the case with the undergraduate programme the review has led to the development of a programme focusing on Agricultural Extension. The department also launched a Bachelor of  Community Development (BCD) degree program in the academic year 2020/2021. The development of a new Master programme on Community Development is in the final stages. Additionally, the Department runs two kinds of PhD programmes (PhD by research another one by course work known as PhD programme in Agricultural and Rural Innovation Systems (ARIS).

Apart from participating in teaching, DAECD staff have been involved in various research and consultancy activities. The Uluguru Mountains Agricultural Development Project (UMADEP) that was based in DAECD, gave staff opportunities to participate in out-reach activities mostly benefitting neighbouring communities. The staff continue to participate in a variety of out-reach activities to benefit neighbouring communities. The outreach activities serve as an important placement for practical training for our undergraduate students.

Innocent M. Busindeli, PhD
Head, Department of Agricultural Extension and Community Development