The ferry from Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam, to the archipelago of Zanzibar takes about 2 hours. We choose this mode of transportation over the plane, which is only 15 minutes, but doesn’t allow the pleasure of a slow reflective journey. As non residents we pay 40 USD each for the ferry ticket and we categorically refuse to be ripped off by the ticket officer who sneakily adds 5 USD to each fare.
The prestigious Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) is located in a small town of Morogoro, in the agricultural region approximately 200 km west of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. That’s where I spend a week in late March running a workshop and visiting project partners.
One fine morning I look out of the window of my hotel at the misty Uluguru mountains that the Morogoro area is famous for and that’s when it hits me: I’m visiting a university of agriculture based in the middle of Tanzania’s main food growing region, I work on an agricultural research programme, and yet my practical knowledge of the subject matter is limited to growing carrots in my back garden.