Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Initiative (ZaSCI)

The Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Initiative (ZaSCI) is one of the clusters formed under the Pan African Competitiveness Forum (PACF) which is coordinated by the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH). ZaSCI started its activities in 2006 and is now working with seaweed farmers in eleven villages in Zanzibar and one village on mainland Tanzania.

“To be the best producers and sellers of quality seaweed and seaweed products in Eastern Africa”

To tape the existing scientific knowledge and farming experience on seaweed production and utilize it to bring innovation into seaweed farming to help farmers produce high-quality seaweed and utilize the seaweed in the country by making value-added products for food and income diversification.

Triple Helix Leadership and Model

A well established and efficiently working triple helix leadership team and composition of members as follows:
  • Academia: Institute of Marine Sciences (University of Dar es Salaam), Zanzibar Agricultural Research Institute, State University of Zanzibar.
  • Government: Ministry of Agriculture; Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries (Department of Marine Resources), Ministry of Empowerment.
  • Business: Seaweed farmers, Seaweed buyers/exporters, Seaweed users (small scale value addition), Zanzibar Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture.