Project Inception Meeting
The Green Resources Innovations for Livelihood Improvement (GRILI) project started on January 2018 and an inception meeting was held in Morogoro at the Sokoine University of Agriculture, Solomon Mahlangu College of Science and Education on 07th to 9th August 2018. At this meeting, all key stakeholders of the project were attended and representative from government and private institutions like Small Industries Development Organisation, Tanzania (SIDO), Tanzania Industrial Research and Development organisation (TIRDO), Tanzania Bureau of Standard (TBS), Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), Ministry of Health, Tanzania Food and Drug Authority (TFDA) and Government Chemist Laboratory Authority (GCLA) were also attended. The aims of the meeting were clarified as to introduce the project to all stakeholders, to get contributions from stakeholders and join all stakeholders in value-chain of GRPs because the implementation of the project will involve all key stakeholders. The meeting also aimed to answer some questions like, why are dealers of traditional medicine still poor despite the potential of traditional medicine in contribution of economy as in other countries such as India & China, why the traditional medicines from Tanzania not being exported and how the project can contribute for the development of small industry in Tanzania.
Sokoine Memorial week
During Sokoine Memorial week the project involved by demonstrating main objective to the community, what is going on for community, expectations at the end of the project and everlasting activities beyond the project duration. By doing this the researchers intends to educate the community on the value of preserving the medicinal plants for the advantage of the whole society. This will help researchers to be familiar with the community understanding on importance and use of traditional medicines and where to improve.
Sabasaba and Nane Nane days
Sabasaba and Nanenane holidays are performed on 7th July and 8th August respectively for every year at Dar es Salaam and Morogoro regions respectively. These days are for promotion the export Tanzanian goods. During these public holidays the project aimed to demonstrate different issues the project performing especially on investigation of the value of medicinal plants including advanced preparation of traditional medicines, formulation of cosmetics like cream for treatment of skin infections and also medicinal plants as source of nutritious (food). The researchers will demonstrate how they find out the essential compounds form medicinal plants for treatment of diseases and infections in human being and animals, causes of antimicrobial resistance caused by poor use of traditional medicines and also excellent growth exports and alternative Medicines within and outside the country. This will build creativity to the community on the economic advantage of medicinal plants for family and community development.
Science promotion program
It is one of the ways used to rise up the desire of studying science subjects to primary and secondary school students. It is conducted every year and this year will be conducted on May 2019. The Chemistry and Physics department intends to build up the positive understanding on sciences and technology at their early age. These make the students to be creative enough and become encouraged more to study these subjects early in order to build the world of science and technology starting from their schools, society and worldwide.
Traditional Healers workshop
The workshop was conducted on March 2019 where the Traditional healers from Morogoro region were the main stakeholders leaded by Mr. Ramadhan Sanze. The workshop organized by the Principal Investigator (Dr. Faith P. Mabiki) of Green Resources Innovations for Livelihood Improvement (GRILI) Project aimed at building capacity on research. The main objectives of the workshop were to learn from each other, building relationship between researchers and traditional healers for development of traditional medicines that will contribute directly for family development. Four sessions was covered by different presenters for the whole workshop including chemicals of medicinal plants, antimicrobial drug resistance, Excellent Growth Exports and Alternative Medicine and Participatory Health. The presenters used Synadenium glaucescens and Commiphora swynnertonii as model medicinal plants