Short bio of Dr. Eligy Shirima
Dr. Eligy Mussa Shirima (PhD Meat Science) is a Director General of Tanzania Livestock Research Institute (TALIRI). Dr Shirima has a PhD in Animal Science and Production specialized in Meat Science from Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Morogoro Tanzania (2013), Master’s Degree in Sustainable Animal Production in the Tropics from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala Sweden (1994), Bachelors Degree in Agriculture, majoring Animal Sciences option from SUA (1986).
Dr. Shirima has a research experience of 30 years in livestock related sciences. For the past 10 years, Dr. Shirima was a Principal Investigator to ten donor funded projects. At the moment, he has a strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals, International Scientific Conferences and Workshops by publishing 55 good quality publications, out of which 15 in peer reviewed journals 28 as main author and 27 co-author) and published 6 teaching and extension livestock manuals. In addition, he is a potential reviewer of six peer-reviewed journals, Editorial Board Member of one peer reviewed journal and External Examiner of SUA. In general, he spent 50% of his working time on research while the remaining 50% on administrative and social activities. Main areas of Dr. Shirima’s specialization and experience are listed here under:
a) Contracted Research
- Main author of the teaching manual on “Beef Cattle Husbandry for Certificate and Diploma courses (2003)”. This was sponsored by ASPS/IMDU/GOT.
- Co-author of a report on the “The impact of introduced and promoted livestock breeds in Kidatu and Mang’ula Division 2004” Contracted by Kilombero District Council.
- Co-author of a report on the “Identification of marketing strategies of milk products in Kilombero District (2004)”. Contracted by Kilombero District Council.
- Co-author of a report on the “The impact of introduced dairy cattle and poultry in Kilombero district (2004)”. Contracted by Kilombero District Council
- Main author of a report on the “Strategic feeding for dairy cattle and poultry in Kilombero district (2003)”. Contracted by Kilombero District Council.
- Co-author of a report on “The causes of long calving interval in dairy cattle” in Ulanga district (2002)”.Contracted by Ulanga District Council.
- Editorial Board member, Journal of Food Technology Research
- Reviewer, Journal of Animal Production Advances (JAPA)
- Reviewer, Journal of Agricultural Research (JAS)
- Reviewer, African Journal of Biotechnology (AJB)
- Reviewer, African Journal of Food Science (AJFS)
- Reviewer, The International Journal’s: Research Journal of Science and IT Management (JSITM)
- Reviewer, International Journal of Fisheries and Aquaculture (IJFA)
- External Examiner, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Morogoro Tanzania
a) Contracted Research
b)Donor Funded Projects
- “Evaluation of dual purpose goats (Blended x Anglonubian) under farmer managed conditions in Kondoa Eroded Areas, Dodoma region, Tanzania”. Funded by the International Foundation for Science (IFS) Stockholm, Sweden from October 1996 – December 2005. The research project was conducted in three villages of Kondoa district and it was based at NLRI Mpwapwa, Dodoma region.
- “Evaluation of grain cereals and possibilities of their utilization as fodder through defoliation in central Tanzania”. This project was funded by Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), Tanzania from May, 1999 – December 2004. It was conducted in Chalinze village, Dodoma Rural District, Dodoma region Tanzania .
- “Evaluation of Cassava-like tree (Manihot glaziovii) in Agro-forestry systems for fodder, vegetable and fuel wood production when integrated with maize crop in Semi-arid central Tanzania”. This project was sponsored by The African Academy of Sciences (AAS), in Nairobi Kenya from October, 1998 – December, 2004. The project was conducted on-station (NLRI Mpwapwa) and in two villages of Mpwapwa district, Dodoma region. The funding was monitored from NLRI Mpwapwa.
- “The impact of introducing improved cockerels on indigenous poultry in smallholder mixed farming systems”. The project was financed by TARP II, in Tanga (Tanga Municipal, Muheza, Korogwe and Pangani districts), Morogoro (Kilosa, Mvomero Kilombero and Ulanga districts) and Coast regions (Bagamoyo district), Tanzania from 1998-2005.
- “Improvement of local goats for meat and milk production in smallholder mixed farming systems in Muheza and Handeni districts”. The project was financed by TARP II, in Tanga, Morogoro and Coast regions, Tanzania from 2002-2005.
Donor Funded Projects and co-investigated
- “Promotion of dual purpose goats in the smallholder farming systems of Handeni and Bagamoyo Districts”. The project is funded by Agricultural Sector Development Programme (ASDP). The project is conducted in two villages of Handeni (Kwabaya and Kwenjugo) and two in Bagamoyo (Zinga and Kidogozero) districts from 2009 to-date.
- “Studies of mastitis among smallholder farmer dairy cattle in Dar-es-Salaam, Coast and Tanga regions”. TARP II financed this project from1999-2005.