Drip irrigation is rare in Tanzania, but Fue envisions a future where the technology will help smallholder farmers across the country grow profitable crops even without the benefit of regular rainfall.
As part of the Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab project, which aims to foster creativity and outside-the-box problem solving, university students have the opportunity to explore and tackle real-world challenges, working under the guidance of faculty members who are authorities in their fields to develop substantive policy recommendations.
Uganda has one of the biggest youth populations in the world. More than 75 percent of the country’s population is under 30 years of age, and among those 18-30 there is widespread poverty and unemployment.
Afioluwa Mogaji, a second-generation agricultural turnaround specialist from Nigeria with over 17 years of experience in livestock and crop production, is so passionate about the agriculture sector that he changed his name to Africanfarmer.
“Professionally, the Cochran Fellowship has opened a new beginning for me, my co-operative and my country,” says Emmanual Swai, a Cochran alumnus from Tanzania. “We will utilize what we gained for the benefit of our people and the dairy industry as a whole.”
The inaugural exchange brought together nineteen students from the partner universities to engage in cross-cultural dialogue and collaborative research, paving the way for the integration of experiential education into the curriculum of the MSc program, which began in November 2014.