The State University Of Zanzibar

School Of Agriculture (SoA)

The School of Agriculture (SoA) was formally known as Kizimbani Agricultural Training Institute (KATI)

School Of Agriculture (SOA)

The School of Agriculture (SOA) was the Sole Zanzibar Agricultural Training Institute and was named as Kizimbani Agricultural Training Institute (KATI). The School of Agriculture has now been expanded following merging with SUZA. 

Historically, SOA was established in 2007 by the Act of the Zanzibar House of Representatives, “KATI Act No. 5 of 2007”. This history dates back to late 1980s when its predecessor; the Kizimbani Training Centre was established with the main task of providing short-agricultural technical training at certificate level of 1998. 

SOA offers an innovative pedagogical model of learning that is integrating classroom and hands-on experience aimed at preparing students to master the agricultural allied sciences.  Students are prepared to graduate at Kizimbani Agricultural Training Institute by experiencing a curriculum that foster the needs of our smallholder farmers. 

Our Institute also undertakes innovative interdisciplinary consultancy services in agricultural allied sciences to continually influence partnerships with other academic institutions within and overseas. 

It is located 16km North East of Zanzibar Town, within the vicinity of the Zanzibar Agricultural Research Institute (ZARI).

Our Mission

Creation of a centre of excellence to cater for the needs of people of Zanzibar in particular and Tanzania in general as well as to help the development of East African region.

Our Main Goals

Provision of access to lifelong learning opportunity to wide audience including general public, professionals, business community and residents of Zanzibar, Tanzania, and other regions.

Our Principle

  • Every individual has the ability to learn at a place that is suitable to him or her.
  • Every community member has the right of access to education and training.
  • Education and training are life-long and one can learn at any time of his or her life.
  • Education is a tool that is required by all individuals to enable them to fulfill their social and economic responsibilities.
  • Knowledge grows and expands and one needs to keep up with changing environment and face challenges accordingly.

Our Main Strategies

Running courses which are demand driven, more practical to the intended audience and are oriented to problem solving.
  • Targeting adult segment of the community and needy clients.
  • The use of both traditional and modern training methods and techniques including personal contacts, multimedia and cyber network.
  • Conducting programmes at appropriate and convenient times to trainees mostly in the afternoon’s evenings.
  • Allowing payment by instalments while attending the courses. 

Mr. Burhan Said Ahmed

Dean of School of Agriculture (SOA)

Mr. Burhan Said Ahmed he is a dean from the School of Agriculture (SoA) at the State University of Zanzibar. Haji holds a Master Degree in MSc Plant Pathology from Jilin University. Also he gain his Bachelor’s degree is in BSc. General Agriculture from Sokoine University of Agriculture


Department of animal science and aquaculture

Department of crop science

Department of agriculture extension and community development

Programs Offered

Our dedicated Staff have extensive experience and are enthusiastic about the courses they teach.

Undergraduate programmes

  • Diploma in General Agriculture – (DGA)
  • Diploma in Animal Health and Production – (DAHP)
  • Diploma in Crop Production – (DCP)

Diploma programmes

  • Certificate in General Agriculture – (CGA)
  • Certificate in Animal Health and Production – (CAHP)
  • Certificate in Crop Production – (CCP)

Future programmes

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture General

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