The Centre for Research, Agricultural Advancement, Teaching Excellence and Sustainability in Food and Nutrition Security (CREATES-FNS) Centre Leader Prof.Hulda Shaidi Swai argued for a strong linkage between universities and the industry.

Prof Hulda made the remarks on 28th March 2022 when gracing the opening of training on Value Addition and Marketing Management of Agro-products organized and facilitated by CREATES – FNS to Mwambesi Women Group of Nambala village, Arumeru District, Arusha.

“Strong linkage between universities and industry will stimulate production through training in goods and services,” said Prof. Hulda.

She added that, the successful research findings and practical learning would, on the other hand, develop skills required for innovations.

Some research findings by the local experts have ended up on the shelves or computers instead of benefiting the target groups, and the time has come for universities to work closely with industry to disseminate useful research findings and knowledge to enhance productivity in all sectors, she said.

“We have to give back to the society through supporting their income generation projects,” she said as she handed over two baking Ovens to the Mwambesi Women Group.

The Chairperson of Mwambesi Women Group Ms.Yakuti Mwendwa thanked the CREATES-FNS Centre for organizing the training and handing two baking ovens that will help to produce healthy and nutritious products.

CREATES – FNS has partnered with the Mwambesi Women Group to build their capacity in food and nutrition security. Under this, Mwambesi members are trained on the post-harvest handling, good manufacturing practices, value addition and marketing of their farm products and foodstuffs.