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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.
2011 Borlaug LEAP Fellow Gerardine Mukeshimana has been named the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) in Rwanda. Dr. Mukeshimana was sworn in along with other members of the cabinet on July 24, 2014, a day after President Paul Kagame appointed Anastase Murekezi as the country’s new Prime Minister.
If I gave you $1, but then you had to spend 30 cents of that on cooking fuel alone, what would you cook tonight for your family?
That’s the challenge that Georgetown University students are asking people to consider in their Briqs with Benefits campaign. The mission is to raise funds to produce safer, cheaper, and cleaner briquettes for use as cooking fuel in Kenya. At the center of the project is Dr. Mary Njenga, 2011 Borlaug LEAP Fellow.
March 25th marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Norman E. Borlaug. US government leaders unveiled a statue of Dr. Borlaug at a dedication ceremony in the National Statuary Hall of the US Capitol.
"Every once in a while, someone comes along who truly changes everything," remarked Speaker of the House, John Boehner. He went on to describe Dr. Borlaug as a man whose work and character fed the world.
Former Borlaug LEAP Fellow, Dr. Charity Mutegi has been named the 2013 recipient of the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application. The award is endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation and recognizes exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by young scientists who have clearly demonstrated intellectual courage, stamina, and determination in the fight to eliminate global hunger and poverty.
2011 Borlaug LEAP Fellow Armand Doumtsop wants to find practical solutions to the problem of ARTS (African root and tuber scale). Tropical root and tuber crops are major staples in sub-Saharan Africa. These crops are largely produced by smallholder farmers. Pests, such as African root and tuber scale (ARTS), are a major threat to farmer’s livelihoods. The economic consequences are serious in the Congo Basin where it can cause cassava yield losses of up to 100%.
Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP) Fellow Gerardine Mukeshimana understands the role science and technology can play in enhancing the quality of life for people. With the common bean representing 57% of the food legumes consumed worldwide and with her home country of Rwanda having the highest bean consumption in the world, it was only natural that Dr. Mukeshimana focused her research on the common bean.
In Eastern Africa, bananas are both a key staple food and a cash crop. When disease threatens, it damages livelihoods as well as the plant. Dr. Margaret Onyango has been helping communities to manage Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW) through farmer field schools and is leading the effort to eradicate the disease with an integrated, holistic approach.