In 2012, the Borlaug LEAP fellowship supported Moses Owori’s masters degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics research at the University of Wyoming. He received academic and professional mentorship by Dr. Dannele E. Peck and his CGIAR mentor Dr. Saidou Koala at IITA. They both helped Moses in analyzing the data he collected during his field research, with the writing of his thesis and by putting him in contact with others in his field.
In 2013, after completing his Borlaug LEAP fellowship and his MSc, Moses traveled back to Uganda and joined CARE International Inc. where he served as Program Quality and Learning Manager for CARE’s Women Empowerment Program (WEP). WEP’s goal is the socioeconomic empowerment of women in northern Uganda that is still recovering from two decades of civil war. He is currently working at USAID’s Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) project in Uganda, which allows him to make a direct contribution to development and food security in Uganda.
Together with other experts in FEWSNET, Moses compiles data on the food security situation in Uganda using political, economic, environmental and weather-based markers. Effective communication of their analysis to partners and decision-makers has helped USAID and other national partners plan effectively and respond to food insecurity problems as they present themselves. In addition, Moses works with local organizations to improve their ability to handle any food related issues in the future using the skills he learned as a student and on the job.