Spring 2013 Borlaug LEAP Alumni Dr. Filomena Dos Anjos already had thirteen years experience as a university lecturer in the Veterinary Faculty at Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique when she was accepted into the Fellowship. She holds a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the same university, but decided to pursue a PhD to further enhance her research skills. Her PhD thesis was Exploring the Potential of Locally Available Feed Ingredients as Alternative Feeds. With a focus on scavenging village chickens, Dr. Dos Anjos’ research paid particular attention to mycotoxins and the evaluation of the efficacy of bentonite clay and diatomaceous earth to mitigate toxic effects. Her goal was to have the results lead to increased productivity of the poultry sector and, ultimately, improved household food security.
Dr. Dos Anjos’ career began as the first female extension officer and first veterinarian at the National Directorate of Rural Extension in Mozambique. Her experience as both a team member and leader has helped shape her understanding of leadership. Dos Anjos says her leadership successes have been most rewarding when she shares her knowledge, while still remaining open to listening to other ideas.
Her Borlaug LEAP Fellowship allowed her to travel to the University of Missouri-Columbia to work with Dr. David Ledoux, Professor of Animal Sciences, and his research team. Dr. Ledoux’s laboratory is one of the few research laboratories in the world that specializes in mycotoxin research. Her CGIAR mentor, Dr. Siboniso Moyo is an animal scientist with breeding research expertise. Dr. Moyo is the Regional Representative of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) based in Maputo, Mozambique and he provided on-the-ground support and guidance. In addition to her classes, she was responsible for developing a program and a curriculum for a Bachelor's degree course in Animal Production, due to begin in Spring 2016. Dr. Dos Anjos graduated with her PhD in Spring 2015 and is currently involved in a project titled "Improving Village Chicken Productivity to Increase Income and Food Security in Tanzania and Mozambique", who's aim is to improve productivity of village chickens in rural areas, hopefully leading to greater household food security and income generation through adoption of the thermo-tolerant I-2 vaccine, and improved brooding and feeding technologies. The project is funded by the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) through the KYEEMA Foundation (Mozambique), which has extensive experience in improved village poultry production and also the Tanzania Veterinary Investigation Centre.