How will you use your new skills and knowledge to contribute to the development of your home country?
Farmers Aid Foundation
Upon returning to Nigeria after completing my Master's degree in food technology, I look forward to using my newly acquired skills and knowledge to build a foundation called "Farmers Aid Foundation (FAF) geared towards increasing food productivity and quality. FAF will achieve its objectives through partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Our core activity will be educating and organizing training platforms to rural commercial farmers on the use of modern food processing and preservation techniques and post-harvest storage systems that I hope to gain and also providing these farmers with storage infrastructures. Most farmers rely on obsolete machines, traditional processing and storage methods which is responsible for the huge food losses. Through this foundation, perishable food losses would be reduced, quality of food products will also be maintained and the prevalence of hunger will be reduced in the country.
I also have plans on applying as a part time researcher in the food processing technology department of the Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI). As a researcher, I will introduce the modern food processing techniques and post-harvest technologies that I hope to gain. I will also focus on the research and development of my country's local raw materials that are underutilized and transforming them into value added food products. This will increase their utilization and cultivation in the country and also confer huge financial benefits to farmers which in turn will help to curb the problem of unemployment.