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.
In support of Feed the Future’s goal to drive agriculture-led development and food security, the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) awarded 36 of these Fellows $25,000 entrepreneurship grants to expand or launch new ventures, many of which are creating jobs, providing training for youth and expanding affordable food supplies in the Fellows’ home countries.
BHEARD supports long-term training of agricultural researchers at the masters and doctoral levels, and links scientific and higher education communities in Feed the Future focus countries and the United States.
To date, the project has reached more than 37,000 young people in Kenya. Many of these young men and women now transport their own produce to local markets and deliver seedlings to farmers using boda bodas, or motorbikes.