Kisetu Eliakira and John Okoth have been selected for the cassava value chain scholarship awards for doctorate degrees in Agronomy. They were selected following an interview of candidates shortlisted from Tanzania and Zambia, respectively, for the collaborative SARD-SC and Israeli International Potash Institute(IPI)–funded scholarship award on cassava value chain.
The Israeli team members who came from the International Potash Institute, (IPI), Ben Gurion University of the Negev and Federal Ministry of Agriculture Research Organization, Israel, in conjunction with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture(IITA), Dar es Salam, conducted interviews in November 2013, in Tanzania. The Israeli team later joined Pheneas Ntawuruhunga and Nhamo Nhamo of IITA Zambia, in Lusaka, to conduct interviews for candidates from the country.
Okoth was excited when he heard of his scholarship award: “Thank you so much for offering me this opportunity. I promise to do my best and be open to both positive and negative criticism to propel me to greater heights and achieve the project’s objectives.”
Eliakira from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania, and Okoth, from Egerton University, Kenya, have applied for registration with Ben –Gurion University, Israel. They are currently processing their admission. They will be attending the University this year, as soon as their admission processes are completed.