ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

PhD -  SOKOINE UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE, MOROGORO TANZANIA

This study aimed at developing a decision support system for assisting strategic and tactical decision making of smallholder farmers to reduce climate risks and increase crop productivity of semi-arid areas in Same District. Specifically, the study assessed farm-level decisions used by the farmers for reducing climate risks; examined information communication and knowledge sharing strategies for enhancing decision making. Designed a system for assisting the farmers in selecting appropriate options for improving crop productivity. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches were used including FGD and questionnaires to collect data from the farmers. Key informants were interviewed including extension workers, meteorological services staff and input suppliers. Development of DSS was governed by design science where prototyping approach was used to allow complete participation of end-users. The study found that the  respondents considered strategic decisions in semi-arid areas including land preparation and crop variety selection. However, land preparation decisions differed significantly in different topographical zones. Similarly, the choice of crops and varieties of crops differed significantly across different topographic zones. The study also found that, the respondents made tactical decisions depending on different weather conditions within the cropping seasons. For example, the respondents considered selection of short duration crop varieties when rainfall were not adequate but grew high yielding crop varities when rainfall were adequate. However, socio-economic status of the respondents constrained them from using recommended crop varieties. Also, the respondents used strategies such as concentrating on potential farms, irrigation and doing off-farm activities for improved household income. The study also found that the respondents needed climate, market and agricultural inputs information to make farm-level decisions for managing climate risks.  Communicating information using radio was common among the respondents in the study area. In addition to agricultural extension agents and fellow farmers,  the respondents preferred mobile phones for communicating agricultural information. It is recommended that, efforts to improve adaptation capacity of the smallholder farmers should target extended use of ICTs, such as mobile phones for improved access to climate information and advisories. Also, using ICTs agricultural research centres should extend agricultural findings to farmers so that their outputs could be used by farmers.

MSc. in COMPUTER SCIENCE -  ESSEX UNIVERSITY, COLCHESTER UNITED KINGDOM

Abstract

The internet web is becoming important resource as a source of information. Various companies make the information from their databases available though search web page forms. The information ranges from indexed documents to product information. These information becomes more valuable if can be available to other software applications for further processing. In this project I present the efficient mechanism of extracting web data. The approach which I am using is based on analysing the patterns of the HTML tags. The customised general model of the web page is produced and is used for extracting data produced by subsequent web queries. The data extracted is populated to the database. The motivation behind this project is that the information is available to other software applications and hence can be used for decision making systems

BSc. in COMPUTER SCIENCE - UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM, DAR ES SALAAM TANZANIA

A-LEVEL SECONDARY EDUCATION - TABORA SCHOOL, TABORA TANZANIA

O-LEVEL SECONDARY EDUCATION  - MWENGE SEC. SCHOOL, SINGIDA TANZANIA

PRIMARY EDUCATION - KINYETO PRIMARY SCHOOL, SINGIDA TANZANIA