Green Resources Innovations For Livelihood Improvement

Project summary

The proposed collaborative project titled “Green Resources Innovations for Livelihood Improvement (GRILI)’ will be carried out in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania and Manyara region where Synadenium glaucescens, and Commiphora swynnertonii are found in plenty and highly utilized as source of traditional medicine. Its main objective is to catalyse the socio-economic development and poverty reduction through training, research and expansion of market opportunities of value added Green Resource Products (GRPs) with pharmacological value for livelihood improvement. The specific objective of GRILI is to strengthen the research capacity and generate new knowledge of relevance to adding value and commercialization of GRPs in Tanzania. The project will apply innovative methods to identify and characterize antimicrobial active ingredients of GRPs from S. glaucescens and C. swynnertonii; determine the likelihood that resistance will develop towards antimicrobial active ingredients of GRPs; determine the extent and effect of adulteration of GRPs in the Tanzanian market; develop a business model for commercialization of GRPs by different actors in the GRP-value and supply chains; and disseminate research results to policy makers and end users at national and international levels. One post-doc, 4 PhD and 2 MSc students will be trained and institutional research capacity build at the Tanzanian institutions with emphasis at SUA. The anticipated longterm impact of the project is increased employment opportunities and incomes, and improved livelihoods of the green resources-dependent communities as well as contribution to competitive economic growth of the country.


Midterm report
Among other major outputs, the project has managed to launch a National Innovation Platform “Green Resources Products Innovation Platform (GRIP)” which ensures the production and trade of GRPs is addressed in a sustainable manner. The platform is managed by SUA and so has contributed to increased seeking evidence for informed decision-making among stakeholders especially regulators and producers, increased diversification of GRPs for marketing and financial gain, developed interest and change behavior towards improved product quality. Furthermore, research capacity building to five (5) PhD students and two (2) MSc. since June 2018. All students have supervisors from both the South and North collaborating institutions. Laboratory analytical capacity installed at SUA. More than 300 products 3 analysed and three analytical method development. The expected time for thesis submission extends to 2022 to 2023 due pandemic delays. All PhD students have stayed for at least 7 months in Denmark except three who expect to travel to Denmark in February 2022. The project has facilitated joint field work every year during annual general meetings, joint technical work, where a technical working group from Denmark lead by Prof. Bjarne Styrishave have been in Tanzania for installation of an analytical instrument LC-MS/MS also a continual online capacity building, joint supervision and publications. Continual South and North visits for assessing the students work and progress of the project.

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