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INSTITUTIONAL COOPERATION
at the Department of International Environment and Development
Studies (Noragric)
Institutional collaboration at Noragric
NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES
Institutional partnerships
 With more than 40 years of collaboration between UMB and
institutions in Africa, Asia and South-East Europe, Noragric has a
broad network of worldwide contacts. Noragric also has academic
partnerships in Europe, Western Balkans and in Latin America.
 Academic cooperation in Africa includes Ethiopia, Mali, Tanzania
and Sudan; in Asia Nepal, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka.
 Activities include joint research, joint education activities, staff and
student exchange and capacity building.
 Some of Noragric’s institutional partnerships are presented in the
following slides. The full list of partners is on
http://www.umb.no/noragric/article/institutional-cooperation-2
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Institutional collaboration at Noragric
NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES
Ethiopia: Hawassa University and Mekelle
University
An academic partnership for improving livelihoods
 Institutional agreement with Hawassa University started in 1989. With
Mekelle University in 1994
 Funded by: Royal Norwegian Embassy/Norwegian Ministry of Foreign
Affairs.
 New project period: 2010-2013
The cooperation includes:
 Crop science
 Environmental rehabilitation and ecology
 Soil and water sciences including irrigation
 Veterinary sciences
 Animal science
 Limnology and fisheries
 Biodiversity and genetic resources
 Social sciences
 Food safety
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Institutional collaboration at Noragric
NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES
Tanzania: Sokoine University of Agriculture
 1973: Cooperation started with a BSc programme in forestry
 1974: Institutional agreement signed
 2000-2005: Food Security and Household Income for Small-holder Farmers
in Tanzania (TARPII-SUA)
 2005-2009: Programme for Agricultural and Natural Resources
Transformation for Improved Livelihoods (PANTIL)
 2010-2014: Enhancing Pro-poor Innovations in Natural Resources and
Agricultural Value-chains (EPINAV)
 2010-2014: Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation (CCIAM)
 Two-month field course offered for Noragric’s Master students in third
semester of studies.
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Institutional collaboration at Noragric
NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES
Tanzania: University of Dar es Salaam
The Institute of Marine Sciences is the focal point of the cooperation
at the University of Dar es Salaam. UDSM is also partner in CCIAM
programme (see previous slide)
Objectives:
 Joint research programmes on marine and coastal natural resource
management
 Competence building within both institutions
 Enhance cooperation with other institutions in East
Africa
 To address:
 rights and development aspirations of local coastal communities
 environmental issues including biodiversity conservation
 social issues including gender equality
 Disseminate knowledge from cooperative efforts
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Institutional collaboration at Noragric
NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES
Mali: Adapting agriculture and livestock
production in Mali to climate change
 Objective: improve food security by making agriculture and livestock
production in northern and central Mali more resistant to climate change
 Funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2011-2015)
 Focus of the project is on applied research combining on-station and on-
farm research
 Establish a monitoring system to assess the progress of the research
components; support the establishment of research centers of the project's
main partner, Institut d'Economie Rurale (IER)
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Institutional collaboration at Noragric
NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES
Conservation Farming Unit (CFU) of Zambia
National Farmers Union (ZNFU)
Conservation agriculture is a set of crop husbandry practices characterised
by retention of crop residues, minimum tillage, land preparation in the dry
season, early and continuous weeding, crop rotation, intercropping, and
agroforestry.
The Conservation Agriculture Project (CAP) provides training on
conservation agriculture to 120,000 farmers.
Noragric’s role in CAP is:
 to measure project impacts on target beneficiaries
 to assist in measuring project outputs
 to assess effects of institutional networking and evalu-
ation
 to provide technical advice on monitoring and evaluation
 to build local capacity on monitoring and evaluation.
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Institutional collaboration at Noragric
NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES
Pakistan: COMSATS Institute of Information
Technology (CIIT)
 Collaboration with CIIT began in 2006 at the campus in Abbottabad, with
the Departments of Environmental Sciences and Development Studies.
 Activities include curriculum development, joint research, and staff and
student exchange.
 Topics: resource management and agriculture, sustainable water and
sanitation, post-earthquake recovery, and poverty alleviation.
 Ongoing international MSc programme co-organized by UMB, CIIT and
Tribhuvan University (Nepal) in Sustainable Water, Sanitation, Health and
Development.
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Institutional collaboration at Noragric
NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES
South-East Europe: Cooperation with
universities in Western Balkan
Higher education, research and development in Western Balkans (HERD)
programme (capacity building, research, education programmes). Funded
by Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2010-2015). The HERD
Agricultural Sector programme is coordinated at Noragric.
 Bosnia and Herzegovina: University of Banja Luka; University of Tuzla;
University of Mostar; University of Sarajevo
 Croatia: University of Osijek; University of Zagreb
 Kosovo: University of Prishtina
 Macedonia: University of S.C. & M. of Skopje
 Montenegro: University of Montenegro
 Serbia: University of Belgrade and University of Novi Sad
 Slovenia: University of Maribor
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Institutional collaboration at Noragric
NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES
Other institutional partnerships
For the full list please see the
Institutional cooperation pages on our website
www.umb.no/noragric
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