SIDO MANAGEMENT WELCOMES IBM EXPERTS FOR THE IBM CORPORATE SERVICE CORPS PROGRAM
A team of five members for IBM Corporate Service Corps (CSC) Program visited SIDO and held introductory discussion on the envisaged research on smart utilization of agricultural waste focusing on sisal and coconut waste products. The IBM team includes the following members: - Saro Yeo, from Australia; Marta Mendoza, from Argentina; Ying YingCai, from China; Mahesh Subbaiah, from India and Garland Hamic III, from USA. The Corporate Service Corps is IBM program launched in 2008 to empower IBM employees as global citizens by sending groups of 10 - 15 individuals from different countries with a range of skills to an emerging market for four week community-based assignments. During the assignment, participants perform community-driven economic development projects working at the intersection of business, technology, and society. The IBM team to SIDO is assigned to perform the following tasks: - (a) carry out case study on how smartly agricultural waste from sisal and coconut can be exploited and transformed into other products that can be marketable or used in other services (b) specifically target on how waste from the two crops can be used as source of energy generation (c) describe, propose and recommend adaption of available technology at Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises levels. (d) In the three levels of adaption of technology, prepare short strategy on how the recommended products can be developed including their business model in marketing and (e) given that agriculture continues to be a key driver in the Tanzania economy and that power generation continues to be an issue in many rural areas. The recommendation will be framed at national level for replication in other part of the country.
The deliverable final report of the project will be presented to the host organization (SIDO) for the project implementation purposes.