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Developing a strategic plan for Kizimbani Agricultural Training Institute (KATI), Zanzibar, Tanzania – a contribution

The Kizimbani Agricultural Training Institute (KATI) fulfils an important role as a vocational training centre for Zanzibar farmers. The demand for extension workers greatly exceeds KATI’s annual throughput of certificate and diploma holders. An increase in the number of extension workers, and a possible renewal of extension methodologies, will depend on strengthening KATI’s facilities and staff. The suggestion that the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) extends its capabilities by introducing a School of Agriculture is a welcome initiative but should not infringe on KATI’s massive current challenge to provide Zanzibar agriculture with much wanted extension staff at non-university level. A strengthened KATI will, however, over a 5 year partner, become a worthy training partner for SUZA in either a looser or more integrated model.

This report is meant as input to a strategic plan to be developed by KATI and its owner, the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, for its development over the next 5-10 years.