Fasco I. Chengula

Research interests: Local/traditional ecological knowledge; ethnography; environmental anthropology; Climate change: impacts (vulnerability), adaptation (resilience); rural livelihoods; and natural resources management and use.

Biography: Born and bred in Southern Highlands of Tanzania, Fasco completed his first degree in Geography and Environmental Studies and an M.Sc degree in Climate Change and Sustainable Development from the University of Dar es Salaam.  As part of his postgraduate research career based at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (Icipe) in Nairobi Kenya, Fasco carried out his Masters research focusing on dissemination practices of traditional knowledge of weather forecasting on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro and Taita Hills in Tanzania and Kenya respectively.

Currently, Fasco is working on his PhD topic titled “Knowing weather, strengthening rural livelihoods: the role of Indigenous knowledge weather forecast in agro-fishing communities in coastal Tanzania”.  The research will be carried out under the framework of the “Rising from the Depths, utilizing marine cultural heritage in East Africa” project.  The project aims to promote inclusive and sustainable socio, cultural andeconomic growth in the regions and is funded for four years, 2017-21, by the UK Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) through the Arts and Humanities Research Council Network Plus scheme.

Grants

  • 2018   The University of Roehampton PhD studentship (“Rising from the Depths project”)
  • 2017 International Training Programme fellowship in Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)(Swedish International Development Agency- Sida)
  • 2013    Graduate Research scholarship (Icipeand Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Publications

Chengula F, Nyambo B (2016). The significance of indigenous weather forecast knowledge and practices under weather variability and climate change: a case study of smallholder farmers on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. International Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 2(2): 031-043.

Chengula F, Nyambo B (2017). Dissemination of agricultural weather forecasts under weather and climate variability: a case of the smallholder farmers in Moshi rural District, Tanzania. International Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 3(1): 048-057.