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The agriculture curriculum at UNIVEN was first established in 1986 as part of the then Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. In January 1995, the School became autonomous with five (5) academic departments. The Department of Forestry was first established in 1998, with the first batch of students being registered in 1999. The department offers Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Forestry Specialisation).


Within the framework of the mission of the School of Agriculture, the Department of Forestry is dedicated to developing scientists who will be competent in sustainable management of forest resources, be aware of environmental conservation issues and able to address the Sustainable Development Goals to suit local community and global needs.


To excel in teaching, research, and community engagement to facilitate utilization and sustainable management of forest resources.

Last updated 28th October 2015

The Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Forestry Specialization).

The programme aims at developing scientists who will be competent in sustainable management of natural resources (land, forestry and wildlife), aware of environmental conservation and be able to help communities in sustainable use of forests and trees.
The programme covers a broad range of modules in agriculture (plant production, protection, propagation, breeding, soil science, and agricultural economics) and in forestry (forest ecology and conservation, wood products and utilization, silviculture and harvesting in natural and planted forests and community forestry. Upon completion, graduates can be employed in:

♦ Community forestry and agro-forestry initiatives;
♦ Conservation and ecotourism;
♦ Training, research and extension and planning in government departments and NGOs;
♦ Management of operations in commercial plantations and wood processing industries as well as engage in private entrepreneurship in forestry and/or wood processing.

Last updated 28th October 2015

Below is a list of the modules offered by the department.

FRT 2541: Forest ecology and tree identification
FRT 2543: Wood Anatomy and Properties
FRT 2641: Introduction to Forestry engineering
FRT 2642: Wood and non-wood-based materials
FRT 3542: Sawmilling
FRT 3544: Forest Resources Assessment
FRT 3642: Forest Policy
FRT 3643: Silviculture of planted forests
FRT 3644: Forest Protection
FRT 3645: Logging and Roads
FRT 4541: Agroforestry
FRT 4542: Forest Conservation
FRT 4642: Community Forestry
FRT 4643: Timber transportation and planning
FRT 4644: Silviculture of natural forests
FRT 4081: Project and seminar presentation

Last updated 28th October 2015

Selected Publications
Journal publications

♣ Munyanduki P, Chirwa PW, Babalola FD (2015) A case study assessment of socio-economic sustainability and alternative management regimes for state forest plantations in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Agroforest Syst. DOI 10.1007/s10457-015-9842-6.

♣ Madadi, LM, Mathias, SC. , Mugasha, WA., Nshubemuk, L., and Mwihomeke, ST (2009) Comparative growth performance of different Australian provenances and local landraces of Grevillea robusta at Lushoto and Ubiri in the West Usambara Mountains, Tanzania , Southern Forests 71: 3 pg 201-206.

♣ Mwang’ingo PL, Teklehaimanot Z, Lulandala LL, Mwihomeke ST (2005) Host plants of Osyris lanceolata (African Sandalwood) and their influence on its early growth performance in Tanzania. Southern African Forestry Journal 203: 1 pg 55-65.

♣ Mwihomeke ST, Mwang’ingo P, Maliondo SM, Mathias S, Chamshama SAO (2004)\ Comparative growth performance of different Casuarina species and provenances at Lushoto in the West Usambara Mountains, Tanzania , Southern African Forestry Journal 200: pg 39-49.

♣ Mwihomeke, S.T; Mugasha, A.G; Chamshama, S.A.O; and Kumburu, O. (2002) Early performance of Casuarina junghuhniana provenances at Lushoto, Tanzania. Southern African Forestry Journal 194: 7-14.

♣ S.T Mwihomeke., C. K. Mabula and M. Nummellin (2000) Plant species richness in the traditionally protected forests of the Zigua, Handeni District, Tanzania. In Virtanen, P. and Nummelin, M. (eds.) Forests, chiefs and peasants in Africa: Local management of natural resources in Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, Silva Carelica no 34 pg 178-193 University of Joensuu Faculty of Forestry, Finland

♣ Mwihomeke, S.T., Msangi, T.H. Mabula, C.K., Ylhäis, J. and Mndeme, K.C.H. (1998). Traditionally protected forests and nature conservation in the Northern Pare Mountains, and Handeni District, Tanzania: Journal of East African Natural History vol. 87 (1/2), Special Issue

♣ Mwihomeke S. T., R.E. Ole-Meiludie and P. Omara –Ojungu 2009. Knowledge gaps on invasion potential of Casuarina cunninghamiana in riparian habitats of Limpopo, Presented in the 10TH International Conference Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions, EMAPI , 23-27 August 2009 at Stellenbosch, South Africa.

♣ Mwihomeke S. T. and Chamshama, S.A.O. (2002) Fuelwood production by different tree species along contour strips under agroforestry at Lushoto, West Usambara Mountains Tanzania. Paper submitted for presentation in the Regional Agroforestry Conference Pretoria South Africa, May, 20-24, 2002.

♣ Mwihomeke, S. T.; Zilihona, I.; Hamisi, C. and Mwaseba, D. (2000) Assessment of forest user groups and conditions of natural forests in the Uluguru Mountains forests. Research Study Report Uluguru Mountains Biodiversity Conservation Project, Morogoro.

♣ Mwihomeke, S. T. (1999) A proposal on measures for sustainable management of natural forests in Tanzania: a case for traditionally protected forest patches in Handeni District List of working papers In Palace, F. and Waruhiu, A. (eds.) Options for biodiversity in eastern and southern Africa, A report on a regional workshop on mainstreaming agriculture into forestry: towards systemic biodiversity policies, ICRAF Nairobi Kenya.

♣ Jari Miina, Jussi Saramaki & Steven Mwihomeke (1999) Describing Tree/Crop Interaction in Agroforestry In Temu, A. B.; Lund, G.; Malimbwi, R. E.; Kowero, G. S.; Kleinn, K.; Malende, Y. and Kone, I. (eds.) Off-forest tree resources of Africa, Proceedings of workshop Arusha, Tanzania, AAS, ICRAF, SUA, FAO and SIDA pg 220-226.

♣ Mwihomeke S.T., Jari Miina, and Jussi Saramaki (1999) Modeling the effect of Pinus patula on yield of maize in taungya plantations, Shume Foret Project West Usambara Mts, Tanzania Paper presented in the INCO DC Workshop Mombassa Kenya.

♣ Mwihomeke, S.T. (1994). Species diversity and abundance of understorey plants, in woodlots of different indigenous tree species, Lushoto Arboretum West Usambara MT, Proceedings of the National Workshop on agroforestry and environment, Morogoro. Tanzania.

♣ Mwihomeke, S.T. (1994). A field evaluation of Agroforestry species in the West Usambara Mts. in Tanzania. Proceedings of the Workshop, organized by the African Academy of Sciences and the IFS on: Supporting Capacity Building in Forestry Research in Africa, ICRAF, Nairobi. Kenya.

♣ Mwihomeke, S.T. (1992). A comparative study of the rooting depth of Grevillea robusta Interplanted with sugarcane along contour strips. Harwood, C.E. (ed.) Grevillea robust in Agroforestry and Forestry. Proceedings of International Workshop ICRAF Nairobi.

♣ Mwihomeke, S.T. (1990). Growth and fuelwood productivity of Casuarina montana Junghuhniana and its limitations for agroforestry use in the Tanzanian Highlands In. El-Lakany-M.H. Turnbul-JW, and Brewbaker, J.L. (eds.) Advances in Casuarina Research and Utilization Proceedings of The Second International Casuarina Workshop, Cairo, Egypt.

♣ Mwihomeke, S.T. and Huwe, C. (1990). Agroforestry development and research activities by the Soil Erosion Control and Agroforestry Project, in the West Usambara MT Proceedings of the International Workshop on participatory Methods of On-farm Agroforestry Research, ICRAF, Nairobi

Book chapters

• R.E.Ole –Meiludie and S.T. Mwihomeke. 2003. Contributed Chapter 3. Situation analysis of Forest resources in Limpopo Province in a book: Agriculture as the cornerstone of the economy of Limpopo Province.

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The following is a list of staff members in the Department of Forestry.

Dr. PO Adesoye
Position: Professor

Qualifications: B.Sc., MSc (FUTA), Ph.D. (Ibadan)

Department: Forestry

Office: School of Agriculture

Mr. ST Mwihomeke
Position: Lecturer

Qualifications: BSc (Forest)(Hons)(Dar), MSc(Forest)(UCNW, Bangor)

Department: Forestry

Telephone: +27 15 962 8265
Office: School of Agriculture

Mr. P. Munyanduki
Position: Senior Lab Technician

Qualifications: BSc (Forest Resources and Wildlife)(NUST), MSc (Forest Management and Environment) (UP)

Department: Forestry

Telephone: +27 15 962 8123
Office: School of Agriculture

Mr. R. Ramavhale
Position: Teaching assistant

Qualifications: BSc (Forestry) (UNIVEN)

Department: Forestry

Office: School of Agriculture

Ms. R. Mulangaphuma
Position: Teaching assistant

Qualifications: BSc (Forestry) (UNIVEN)

Department: Forestry

Office: School of Agriculture

Last updated 3 November 2015