Dr. Gervas Machimu is a Senior Lecturer at the Moshi Co-operative University where he teaches Rural Development Courses. Machimu holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Rural Development (2016), a Master Degree in Rural Development (2007) both from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania. A Postgraduate Diploma in Poverty Analysis (2011) from International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands and a Bachelor of Philosophy (2000) from the Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome, Italy. His areas of expertise include; gender and development, poverty analysis, cooperative governance, project/programme planning and evaluation, contract farming and rural livelihood analysis. He is a current Chairperson of the Saving and Credit Union League of Tanzania 1992 Limited (SCCULT 1992) and the Board Chairperson of the Kilimanjaro Co-operative Bank Limited (KCBL).
He has been involved in executing a number of consultancies. With respect to situation analysis/project evaluation, to mention a few: Situational Analysis for SAUTI Revolving Fund to AGYW WORTH + Groups – contracted by Pact Tanzania, Jhpiego and EngenderHealth Tanzania (May 2018 – June 2018); in 2017 he participate in Evaluation of the 2013-2016 AGPAHI 2017-2021 strategic plan and preparing the AGPAHI 2017-2021 strategic plan (2017); he leaded the team that prepared a communication strategy for Sustainable Land Management Project in the Highlands of Mount Kilimanjaro – commissioned by the UNDP and RAS Kilimanjaro (November-December, 2013). In 2016 Dr. Machimu participated in executing a consultancy assignment for conducting study on the status of women’s land rights in Tanzania and preparation of Tanzanian women’s charter of demands on land rights – Commissioned by actionaid and TGNP Mtandao – Tanzania. He has also participated in executing the following assignments: analysing and documenting income for smallholder farmers who opt to sell their coffee as parchment or cherry through contract farming – commissioned by Tanzania Coffee Association from January to March 2017. In addition, Dr. Machimu has been involved in various research projects both at national and international level, some of the research works conducted include: (i) examine success factors for sustainable rural development through the integrated co-operative model. The project involved four countries namely: Canada, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. This was a three years project run from 2013 to 2015. The project was funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA); (ii) evaluating if Co-operatives is a Tool for Poverty Reduction and Promoting Business in Tanzania. This was one year research project undertaken by the Moshi Co-operative University and the University of Helsinki funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. The project was conducted in 2013. Dr. Machimu also has recently completed a research on the impact of smallholder sugarcane contract farming to household livelihood outcomes in Kilombero Valley, Tanzania. This was a three years research work funded by Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD). Accordingly Dr. Machimu has managed to publish ten articles at national and international levels.
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