2013 Borlaug LEAP Fellow, Kadeghe Fue, took study leave from Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania to pursue his Master’s degree in precision agriculture and information systems at the University of Florida. He was sponsored by iAGRI under the USAID Feed the Future initiative. In 2013 he received the Borlaug LEAP fellowship which gave him the opportunity to work with mentors Dr. John Schueller of the University of Florida, and Dr. Karuturi Rao of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). Mr. Fue received the Pan African Conference on Science, Computing, and Telecommunications (PACT) 2014 best student paper award for his paper entitled "A Solar-powered, WiFi Re-programable Precision Irrigation Controller".
Mr. Fue's interests include precision agriculture and variable rate technology. His research looked at the applicability and advantages of modern precision agriculture technology for local farmers in Tanzania. He has also published several scientific papers in ICT and applications of computers in agriculture. In addition, he consults on software systems development and electronic control systems development for public and private companies. He has developed several software systems used at the Sokoine and other institutions.
Mr. Fue received his Bachelor of Science with honors at University of Dar es Salaam. He joined the academic staff at Sokoine University of Agriculture in 2011 and taught several courses in computer programming, geoinformatics, and microcomputer systems. After Mr. Fue completed his Master's degree at University of Florida in 2014, he returned to Sokoine University of Agriculture as an Assistant Lecturer to teach and do research in software engineering and agro-informatics. He continues to supervise and mentor students in information systems development and precision agriculture.
Mr. Fue is a graduate engineer member of the Institution of Engineers Tanzania and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. He specializes in applications of computers and electronics in agriculture, especially in area of precision agriculture, e-agriculture and software systems engineering.