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BORLAUG – ADESINA FELLOWSHIP

Dr. Norman Borlaug & Dr. Akinwumi Adesina

The World Hunger Fighters Foundation has launched the Borlaug-Adesina Fellowship, co-named after the late Dr. Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, the man who fed a billion people. Dr. Borlaug was a mentor for Dr. Adesina, who he told to “go and score goals for agriculture in Africa” – a charge that ignited Dr. Adesina’s sense of urgency on feeding Africa.
Each year, ten incredibly talented African women and men will become Borlaug-Adesina Fellows. These are young Africans who will be inspired and equipped with critical knowledge, skills and strategic networks to advance their innovative ideas in food science and agribusiness. As emerging leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs, they will gain global knowledge and perspectives in food and agriculture and position Africa at the forefront of the fight against global hunger.

Meet our 2019 Fellows

Lourena Arone Maxwell

Lourena Arone Maxwell

I am a Plant Pathologist, PhD student and I fight hunger by researching methods to control and manage diseases of crops.

GENDER & AGE
Female, 30
QUALIFICATION
BSc, Agronomic Engineering. MSc, Plant Pathology. PhD-in-view
OCCUPATION
Graduate Student
NATIONALITY
Mozambican

Nicholas Alifa

Nicholas Alifa

My start-up provides access to inputs, technical support, finance and markets to small-holder farmers in Nigeria.

GENDER & AGE
Male, 26
QUALIFICATION
BTech, Food and Science Technology. MSc-in-view
OCCUPATION
Entrepreneur
NATIONALITY
Nigerian

Olufemi Adesina

Olufemi Adesina

I engage in research projects which address food insecurity and climate issues. I also co-founded Food Trust Farms in Nigeria.

GENDER & AGE
Male, 27
QUALIFICATION
B.Tech, Agricultural Extension. MSc, Food Security
OCCUPATION
Food security advocate/ Entrepreneur
NATIONALITY
Nigerian

John Agboola

John Agboola

I engage in research projects which address food insecurity and climate change issues

GENDER & AGE
Male, 28
QUALIFICATION
BSc, Agricultural Economics and Extension
OCCUPATION
Agricultural Specialist
NATIONALITY
Nigerian

Adonai Da Matha Sant’Anna

Adonai Da Matha Sant’Anna

I reduce fruits and vegetables post-harvest losses by producing juice and dried vegetables, also, I help rural women improve their agribusinesses.

GENDER & AGE
Female, 26
QUALIFICATION
BSc, Agronomy. MSc, Agronomy
OCCUPATION
CEO and Director at NAïFOOD
NATIONALITY
Beninese

Emmanuel Maduka

Emmanuel Maduka

I fight hunger through an innovative social enterprise I cofounded which is tackling malnutrition in Africa through innovation and empowerment.

GENDER & AGE
Male, 23
QUALIFICATION
BTech, Agricultural Extension and Communication Technology
OCCUPATION
Entrepreneur
NATIONALITY
Nigerian

Victor Mugo

Victor Mugo

I work with young small-holder farmers to help them transition into Climate-Smart Agriculture in order to unlock decent employment opportunities and to catalyse youth engagement in climate action.

GENDER & AGE
Male, 25
QUALIFICATION
BSc, Actuarial Science, MSc-in-view
OCCUPATION
Farmer
NATIONALITY
Kenyan

Marrianne Enow-Tabi

Marrianne Enow-Tabi

I assist vulnerable persons in fragile settings to increase their food productivity by giving them the assets and assistance they need to produce their own food.

GENDER & AGE
Female, 28
QUALIFICATION
BSc, Journalism and Mass Communication. MSc, International Communication and Public Action
OCCUPATION
Monitoring Assistant
NATIONALITY
Cameroonian

Solomon Amoabeng Nimako

Solomon Amoabeng Nimako

I fight hunger through action research and rural agribusiness initiatives which are inclusive of poor farmers especially women and youth.

GENDER & AGE
Male, 29
QUALIFICATION
BSc, Economics. MSc-in-view
OCCUPATION
Postgraduate Student
NATIONALITY
Ghananian

Ifeoluwa Olatayo

Ifeoluwa Olatayo

I run a chain of rooftop farms using aquaponics and hydroponics technology, also, I connect rural farmers to urban markets using solar-powered cold carts.

GENDER & AGE
Female, 30
QUALIFICATION
BA, English
OCCUPATION
Entrepreneur
NATIONALITY
Nigerian