Former 2008 Borlaug LEAP fellow Dr. Nohemi Voglozin believes in agriculture "for farmers, by the farmers" for her native Benin. During her fellowship she pursued a PhD that focused on the value and importance of indigenous knowledge and seed conservation practices in Benin. Dr. Voglozin was first introduced to agricultural studies at the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin and went on to complete her Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering, and Master of Philosophy degrees in Agronomy, Management of Natural Resources there. She completed her PhD at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems.
Dr. Voglozin's PhD work focused on understanding the genetic diversity of African rice land-races and cultivation practices of African rice growers in Benin. Her research is expected to contribute to the conservation of African rice, an important genetic resource. During her Borlaug LEAP Fellowship, Dr. Voglozin was mentored by Dr. Laura Lewis of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and Dr. Mande Semon at the AfricaRice Center in Cotonou, Benin. Dr. Voglozin is currently consulting for the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO)and Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD) on a project related to Global Networking for Plant and Genetic Resources for Food and Alimentation.