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Florence Achieng Agunda
Florence Achieng Agunda
Course: Marshal Papworth 10 Week Short Course
University: Harper Adams University
Year of completion: 2019

Marshal Papworth Short Course – Harper Adams University – 2019

Florence works voluntarily for the Ugurja community resource centre as a Community Mobilizer.

Her roles and responsibilities are:

  • Meeting group leaders
  • Meeting group members for awareness training
  • Scheduling meetings with groups
  • Following up on group progress
  • Linking groups to service providers

On returning home Florence hopes the course will enable her to upskill in her management role and empower her to train others.

 

 

Job Mutabes
Job Mutabes
Course: Marshal Papworth 10 Week Short Course
University: Harper Adams University
Year of completion: 2019

Marshal Papworth Short Course – Harper Adams University – 2019

Job is a Project Officer for Self-Help Africa based in Nairobi, Kenya. He attended Egerton University in 2015 – Qualification BSc Agribusiness Management.

His job involves working with programme coordinators and his roles and responsibilities are:

• Work with Programme Coordinators to ensure that Nutrition, Gender and social inclusion, enterprise development and natural resource management issues are effectively mainstreamed in all activities.

• Facilitate linkages to loan and credit facilities for emerging enterprises (e.g. if appropriate credit and savings schemes or formal loans from micro-credit banks. Build linkages with financial institutions)

• In liaison with the M&E officers, document and share lessons learned and best practices with partners, stakeholders and SHA.

• Work closely with Government institutions at the County level to support SHAs work.

• Provide appropriate and timely updates to key stakeholders including the Head of

Programmes, and Programme Manager on project implementation.

• Manage the implementation of all aspects of the programme in their respective geographical areas, including detailed work planning and monitoring.

Job hopes to gain knowledge on the use of information technology as a key component in disseminating extension services to farmers in his region. Agriculture being a devolved component extension services has become a challenge, thus introduction of IT will assist in reaching more farmers at the same time leading to commercialising agriculture.

 

John Ochieng Opondo
John Ochieng Opondo
Course: Marshal Papworth 10 Week Short Course
University: Harper Adams University
Year of completion: 2019

Marshal Papworth Short Course – Harper Adams University – 2019

John is a Project Officer for Self-Help Africa based in Western Kenya. He attended Kenyatta University in 2015 – Qualification BSc Community Resource Management.

His job involves working with local farmers and farming groups. His roles and responsibilities are:

  • Preparing monthly and quarterly reports on implementation
  • Work with partner organisations to ensure plans are implemented
  • Maintain project files & related documentation
  • Support the partner in construction of workshops at country level
  • Document and share lessons learnt and best practices with partners

On returning home John will provide advice to his farmers on new ways of crop management.

 

Owino Victorine Atieno
Owino Victorine Atieno
Course: Marshal Papworth 10 week Short Course
University: Moulton College
Year of completion: 2018

Owino is married with children, she currently works for Ugunja community resource centre/Siaya seeds in partnership with Self-Help Africa, as a farmer co-operative manager.

Her roles and responsibilities are:

  • Facilitation of self-help groups
  • Organising farmers groups for production
  • Managing the farmers savings schemes
  • Organising farm products to be sold at market
  • Support, identification and investment in Agriculture

On returning home Owino is looking to continue her support with her farmers, teaching them new skills & information learnt on the course. She is looking forward to training using practical experience for results.

Ochieng Caroline Andango
Ochieng Caroline Andango
Course: Marshal Papworth Short Course
University: Moulton College
Year of completion: 2018

Ochieng is married with four children and as a partner with Self-Help Africa, Caroline works as an Agricultural Extension Officer.

Her roles and responsibilities are:

  • Development of agriculturally-oriented strategies
  • Capacity building of staff (frontline extension workers)
  • Supervision of frontline extension workers
  • Farmer training and skills
  • Report writing

On returning home Caroline, would like to help her communities move forward, toward modern production systems, with the enhanced knowledge she has obtained on the short course.

Fredrick Onyango Owino
Fredrick Onyango Owino
Course: Marshal Papworth 10 week Short Course
University: Moulton College
Year of completion: 2018

Fredrick is married with children, he is a self-employed farmer who works with Self-Help Africa.

His roles and responsibilities are:

  • Buying Stock
  • Selling
  • Ploughing
  • Weeding
  • Harvesting

On returning home, Fredrick hopes to come back and help his community farm better, growing & harvesting an improved Cassava crop.

Joseph Ogur Otieno
Joseph Ogur Otieno
Course: Marshal Papworth 10 week Short Course
University: Moulton College
Year of completion: 2018

Joseph is married with children, he works for the Kenyan National Government in the Ministry of National Cohesion & Interior Security in partnership with Self-Help Africa as a Senior Chief and lead farmer.

His roles and responsibilities are:

  • In charge of location security
  • Solving problems related to locality members amicably
  • Involved in training of poverty eradication solutions e.g. Farming and entrepreneurship
  • Lead farmer in cassava

Joseph hopes to learn better technology in enhancing sustainable farming, so when he gets home he can share all his knowledge and skills with other community farmers.

Okoth Peter Ouma
Okoth Peter Ouma
Course: MSc Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security
University: The Royal Agricultural University Cirencester
Year of completion: 2017

MSc Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security – Royal Agricultural University – 2017/18

Okoth is married with a family. He attended Egerton University – 2008 Qualification – BSc Agricultural Economics

Okoth is working for VSO in Bangladesh, as a volunteer, Specialist for business model & finance for Farmers Center. His roles and responsibilities are:

  • Develop business capacity of farmers and youth in agriculture
  • Develop market linkages between farmers and private sectors
  • Identify value chain actors with specific level of engagement for farmers
  • Establish an effectively functioning sustainable farmers centre service catalogue
  • Assist centre manager to develop sustainable business model for farmers

Upon completion of the course, Okoth will share the experience and information with his community. He will support the learning of others, encourage and promote sharing of knowledge.

Christine Okumu Otieno
Christine Okumu Otieno
Course: Marshal Papworth 10-week Short Course
University: Moulton College
Year of completion: 2017

Christine  is applying the knowledge and skills gained on the 10-week Short Course to her farm enterprises, and is also sharing it with the 2,000 farmers she is managing. She trains the farmers in small groups, practically demonstrating, showing them the new practices learnt.

Lorna Akeyo Oketch
Lorna Akeyo Oketch
Course: Marshal Papworth 10-week Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2016

Lorna is currently working for Self-Help Africa as a Ward Agricultural Extension Officer with the ‘County Government of Siaya. Her role is to implement agricultural projects and programmes in the ward, as well as providing training in leadership, group dynamics, cassava crop agronomy and cassava value chain.

Domanicus Otieno Thuma
Domanicus Otieno Thuma
Course: Marshal Papworth 10-week Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2016

Domanicus is currently working with the farming community in his locality, he is the secretary to Cassava Cooperative Society and Chairperson of Alego-Usonga CBO.

Justus Onsongo Nyangoka
Justus Onsongo Nyangoka
Course: MSc Community Water and Sanitation
University: Cranfield University
Year of completion: 2015/2016

Justus is a Senior Superintendent Water Engineer working for Makueni County Government. Makueni County is an arid and semi-arid region of Kenya

Erastus Mwendwa Maluki
Erastus Mwendwa Maluki
Course: Marshal Papworth 10-week Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2015

Erastus is the Senior Chief and works for the Deputy County Commissioner.

Edgar Boniface Kadenga
Edgar Boniface Kadenga
Course: Marshal Papworth 10-week Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2015

Edgar works as a senior project office for Farm Africa, training small holder farmers on agricultural best technologies that help them improve their production and productivity and ultimately their livelihoods.

Francis Mutuka
Francis Mutuka
Course: Marshal Papworth 10-week Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2015

Francis is working with NAROD, an investment and consultancy agency that builds partnerships to help small holder farmers increase their participation in sustainable income generating agricultural activities and market their produce profitably.

Patrick Kimathi Murungi
Patrick Kimathi Murungi
Course: Marshal Papworth Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2014

Patrick is currently working for the Ministry of Agriculture in Fisheries department, as a Fish Farming Extension Officer.

Charles Mutai
Charles Mutai
Course: MSC Water Management
University: Cranfield University
Year of completion: 2010/2011

Upon returning home, Charles continued his humanitarian work, primarily focusing on Africa where water needs are greatest. He is currently working as a Water Sanitation and Hygiene Advisor with Concern Worldwide, an international NGO, based in Darfur, Sudan.

Francis Lesilau
Francis Lesilau
Course: MSc in Sustainable Management of Natural Resources
University: Leicester University
Year of completion: 2007/2008

He hopes his course will provide him with the practical and theoretical knowledge to identify and analyse the problems facing natural resources and provide solutions for his country.

Caroline Muturi
Caroline Muturi
Course: MSc Water Management
University: Cranfield University
Year of completion: 2012/2013

Caroline is working as a Project Officer – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), based at Lorraki Integration Program Area (IPA), World Vision Kenya, implementing WASH projects for the IPA. Through her work and the knowledge from her course Caroline hopes to make a real contribution to eradicate poverty in Kenya.

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Moses Biketi
Moses Biketi
Course: MSc Postharvest Technology
University: Writtle College
Year of completion: 2011/2012

At present, Moses is working with the Kenya Plan Health Inspectorate Services as a Plant/Seed Inspector. He has been able to utilise his acquired knowledge and skills, from the schloarship opportunity, to help various communities in Kenya by addressing many environmental and social concerns.

Zuhra Achieng Mahmoud
Zuhra Achieng Mahmoud
Course: Marshal Papworth 10-week Short Course
University: Moulton College
Year of completion: 2017

Zuhra is a Sub-County Home Economics Extension and Training Officer. Zuhra has been the focal person in Kisumu County, responsible for the selection, organising, and coordinating all the SHA activities on the ground like:

  • Mobilising farmer groups and facilitating the trainings.
  • Coordinating all the support SHA has given the groups like distributing cuttings, farm inputs and even equipment.
  • Organised and coordinated the only cassava field day done in Kisumu county in 2014
  • Coordinated the selection of group members and participated in the tour to Busia county exchange visit.
  • Mobilised other extension staffs to support SHA project through facilitating and providing extension services.
  • Linked SHA farmer groups with other service providers to enhance impact and diversification.

Zuhra has plans to empower farmers, farmer groups and private entrepreneurs to have sustainability by establishing village cottages through diversification, processing preservation and marketing for local and export market.

Lilian Omoga
Lilian Omoga
Course: MSc Community Water and Sanitation
University: Cranfield University
Year of completion: 2019

Country: Kenya

University: Cranfield University

Course: MSc Community Water and Sanitation

Lilian attended Kenyatte University qualifying in 2010 in BSc Environmental Studies and Community Development. Lilian is working for Epistat Research Limited as a water sanitation and hygiene assistant coordinator. Her roles and responsibilities are:

  • Assist in concept paper preparation and tracking progress reports
  • Attend, participate and represent the organisation in workshop forums
  • Prepare material estimate for construction and repair of WASH facilities
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation of project activities
  • Mentoring of junior staff, capacity building and training on water sanitation and hygiene practice to the Ministry of Health.

Upon completion of the course Lilian hopes to work directly on designing, implementing and managing water, health, environmental and development programs in resource poor communities. She hopes to create a global partnership to enhance positive change and community projects structural management.

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Samuel Philip Odeyo Nyalala
Samuel Philip Odeyo Nyalala
Course: MSc in International Horticulture
University: Writtle College
Year of completion: 2003/2004

Samuel returned to Egerton University and is working as a trainer and researcher in Horticulture. Samuel has recently been promoted to the position of Assistant Lecturer in Horticulture and his career path is focused on becoming a Professor.

Dr Kaberia Bonface Kangentu
Dr Kaberia Bonface Kangentu
Course: PHD
University: University of Reading
Year of completion: 2004/2005

Kaberia returned home to resume his job as a government vet and run his own practice. Since finishing his course he has helped develop a private veterinary system and worked with the FARM-Africa Development to support local farmers.

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