Tuskegee University IBS PH.D. Student receives Norman E Boulag Fellowship


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (September 9, 2013) – Mawazo J. Shitindi, a Ph.D. student from Tanzania in the Integrative Biosciences Program has been selected as a fellow for the Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP). This program is part of an United States Government global hunger and food security initiative.

His proposed research, “Developing an Integrative Soil Fertility Management Package for Improving N and P use Efficiency under Smallholder Maize Production in the Eastern Zone of Tanzania” has potential to make an impact in developing countries and honors Borlaug’s achievements. The balance of nitrogen and phosphorus in the soil is imperative for adequate crop production. Shitindi’s research develops a soil fertility management package that improves these elements and assists small-scale maize (corn) production in eastern Tanzania.

“I am very proud to be awarded the Norman E. Borlaug LEAP Fellowship and thank God for his blessings. I want to honor Dr. Norman E. Borlaug 's effort to end hunger through Green Revolution in Agriculture.  I believe that we can change the current situation in Sub-Saharan Africa,” stated Shitindi

According to the website, The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) awards fellowships to outstanding graduate students who show strong promise as leaders in the field of agriculture and related disciplines. The program honors Dr. Norman Borlaug whose distinguished career epitomized the qualities of leadership, scholarship, scientific achievement, international cooperation, mentoring and passion. Shitindi is one of only a few outstanding graduate students who are recognized for their strong promise and potential leadership skills.

“I will make efficient and wise use of the funding and invest my time to develop integrative and cost effective technologies that can help smallholder farmers in Africa and the world, as a whole,  to improve the productivity of their land for food, and income security.” said Shitindi.

Shitindi is co-advised by Kokoasse Kpomblekou, professor of soil and environmental science; Ramble Ankumah, associate dean college of agriculture, environmental and natural science; and Conrad Bonsi, assistant research director in the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences.

By: Eryk J. Pritchett, Tuskegee University Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

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