CARP+ Students Profiles

Students under CARP+ Projects

Marius Affonfere was born in January 1993 and raised in Savalou district (Republic of Benin). In 2011, He obtained his Entry Level degree and he was granted a national scholarship to attend his Bachelor (BSc) training at the School of Sciences and Techniques for Preservation and Processing of Agricultural Products, National University of Agriculture (ESTCTPA/UNA) in Benin and graduated in March 2015. 

After his bachelor degree, he was highly interested to pursue his carrier in Food Sciences, which brings him to become a junior research assistant in the Laboratory of Food Sciences/Faculty of Agronomy Sciences (FSA) in the University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC/Benin). With that respect, he has worked on different food science related projects. In December 2015, he was delighted to be granted a RUFORUM scholarship to pursue his Master (MSc) studies under the Graduate Research Grant (RU 2015 GRG 125) entitled “food to food fortification with baobab fruit pulp and morning leaf powder as a pathway to improve food and nutrition security of women and children in Benin”. In January 2018, he obtained his Master degree in Agricultural, Food Science and Technologies at the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences (FSA)/University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC). In February 2018, he was awarded a six months RUFORUM Community-Based Field Attachment Program Award (CFAPA) to scale-out and disseminate his MSc thesis research findings. His CFAPA topic is entitled “Promotion of the consumption of sorghum porridge dual fortified with moringa leaf powder and baobab fruit pulp among under-five-years old children in rural Benin”. Based on the recommendation arising from his CFAPA implementation, he was strongly motivated to pursue a PhD thesis on the potential use of baobab fruit pulp to alleviate micronutrient deficiencies among local population in Benin. His PhD thesis entitled «Utilization of baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) and other local resources to alleviate micronutrients deficiencies among under five years old children in Benin» is carrying out under BAOCHAIN project.

Mechak Ahotondji Gbaguidi (Beninese) was born in 1991, and grew up in the commune of Abomey-Calavi (Benin) where he studied. Mechak got a Bachelor degree in Nutrition, Technology and Food Sciences at the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences of the University of Abomey-Calavi. He obtained a Master of Science degree in food sciences with honors at the School of Nutrition, Technology and Food sciences of the same university. He is currently a RUFORUM MasterCard Foundation Scholarship beneficiary, pursuing PhD studies in Food Sciences at University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin). Mechak processed many fruits in beverages and has a dream to become a leader in Baobab processing sector on local and regional markets, and therefore contribute to poverty alleviation and to jobs creation



Ndenatjike Kauzera is a Namibian, who graduated from the university of Namibia (UNAM) for a higher diploma in agriculture (2017). Current enrolled in his final year of study at UNAM for a degree in Animal Science (Honours) and is a BSc beneficiary for the RUFORUM scholarships to evaluate the effect of treatment with wood ash, biochar and PEG on the nutritive value of bush feed with special focus on tannin contents, feed intake and digestibility at University of Namibia. Ndenatjike has been part of the bush to feed program (2019), working with Ms de La Puerta Fernandez. He has furthermore taken part in the feedlot challenge(2019). He has a passion for agriculture and a drive for knowledge that will be his greatest asset in his research and academic career

Portia Murorua is a Namibian student  set to be part of the graduating class of 2019 for a bachelors degree in Animal Science honors at the University of Namibia(UNAM). She is currently first year RUFORM project beneficiary in pursuit of a masters degree in Animal Nutrition focusing fodder preservation and on the  Evaluation on the effects if three different preservation methods on the nutritive value of bush feed. Portia has worked on the unam bush to feed project (2019). Played a major role at the UNAM show grounds expo(2019), where she was able to be in contact with farmers at information days and educate farmers on the viability of bush as livestock fodder. Her perseverance and her  commitment to be a change in her field is her best asset in her academic career

Magdalena Ilongeni Kamati is a Namibian animal scientist who graduated from University of Namibia with Honour’s  Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Animal Science) in 2017. She got a scholarship in 2017 to study Masters of Science In Agriculture (Animal Science) from  Bush-to- Feed Project, a two years initiative that was funded by Finnish Embassy in Namibia to explore the potentials of utilizing bush encroacher species as livestock feeds to control bush encroachment and increasing feed availability especially during drought at University of Namibia’s experimental farm. Her thesis research looked at qualification and characterization of agro-industrial by-products and their potential in supplementing bush feeds in Namibia. While working on her thesis, she worked in the Bush-to-Feed Project as a research assistant for six months. Currently,  she got a RUFORUM project scholarship to pursue a PhD in animal Science where she will be evaluating the effects of bush feed pellets on milk yield, composition and reproductive performance of lactating cows. Her experience in bush feed  innovation and affiliation for livestock feeding is her strongest motivation in this regard and she believes that livestock  production can sustainable even during drought years if there is a good rangeland management strategies such as bush feed innovation


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