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The upcoming 2016 World Food Prize will honor contributions in the field of biofortification. With almost one person in four being undernourished in Africa, 2015 Borlaug Fellow Dr. Kassahun Kelifa Suleman explores what recent experiences tell us about the role that biofortified foods can play in ensuring nutritious and safe food for the continent.
2009 Borlaug LEAP Fellow, Dr. Eusebius Mukhwana is passionate about creating change for the better. As a veterinarian, he expressed his passion through caring for animals. As a professor, he transferred that passion to others through teaching. And now, as he pursues government work, he is taking that passion for change to the policy-makers themselves as the Deputy Commission Secretary in charge of Planning, Research and Development at the Commission for University Education (CUE) in Kenya.
2013 Borlaug LEAP Fellow Assoumane Maiga has worn many hats during his professional and academic career: English teacher and translator in his native Mali, PhD student in Agricultural Education at Oklahoma State University (OSU), and Fulbright scholar. And now he can add winner of the Research Excellence Award in the OSU Graduate College Group V, Education category. His dissertation, titled “An Assessment of the Media’s Role in Disseminating News and Information to Farmers After the Cessation of Armed Conflicts in the Republics of Côte d’Ivoire and Mali”, was selected out of many highly r
By Saul Daniel Ddumba, Brad Hounkpati, and Bernice Waweru
The notion that every person should have a right to adequate food, health and education is still far from reality in most parts of Africa. With the exception of a few other developing regions, sub-Saharan Africa has the largest percentage of hunger and malnutrition. The population in this region is increasing steadily and is likely to be among the highest populations across the world in the next three decades.
The Second Borlaug LEAP Alumni Association Roundtable Discussion was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The March conference was hosted by Addis Ababa University, the oldest and largest institution of higher education in Ethiopia. The Deans of Agriculture from all major universities in Ethiopia attended along with representatives of USAID, the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and, of course, our Borlaug LEAP Fellows from Ethiopia.
Borlaug LEAP Fellow, Esther Nampeera was recently selected by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs to participate in their 2015 Next Generation Delegation to the Global Food Security Symposium. The program provides an opportunity for promising students to engage in symposium discussions and to interact with policy, civil society, and business leaders working on agriculture, food, and nutrition issues. This year's symposium focused on food systems for improved health. In the following article, Ms. Nampeera reports on her experience with the 2015 Next Generation Delegation.
2007 Borlaug LEAP Fellow Dr. Emmanuel Tumusiime reflects on agricultural development interventions and the search for transformative solutions to extreme poverty. In this article, he challenges the development community to look at how current policies are impacting small-scale farmers and reminds us that food security research must reach the poor farmers it is intended to help.
This October, a record 16 Borlaug LEAP Fellows attended the World Food Prize events in Des Moines, Iowa. The event provides an opportunity for Borlaug LEAP Fellows to engage with other LEAP Fellows, USDA Borlaug Fellows and an array of development professionals.
“Attending the event for me was a career defining moment,” remarked Bernice Waweru, 2014 Borlaug LEAP Fellow. “It is the epitome of inspiration, Norman Borlaug’s legacy lives on ever more brightly at the World Food Prize events.”
Kwevitoukoui (Brad) Hounkpati is the first Borlaug LEAP Fellow from Togo. A Fulbright PhD Student in the University of Georgia Entomology Department, Hounkpati is currently conducting a systematic study of the West African Coccinellidae (WAC), or West African Ladybeetles. Numerous species of Coccinellidae are well known as biological control agents in many parts of the world.