The Postharvest Education Foundation has sponsored our graduate e-learners in a variety of ways -- since 2012 we have been able to provide travel grants, technical support and subsidize the cost of publication fees, toolkits and conference attendance for many our top e-learners. Thank you again to all of our donors and foundation supporters.
Many of our graduate E-learners have been invited to participate in PEF workshops and short courses as speakers, or have worked with PEF experts as consultants on postharvest projects in developing countries. Examples are provided below.
 
2017 PEF sponsorship for E-learners
2016 and 2017 Global Postharvest E-learning Program was held in Kigali, Rwanda on 22-24 March 2017. In attendance were past PEF e-learning graduates from Rwanda (Noel Valentin Mulinda, Herve Ineza), Tanzania (Mary Mdachi, Roseline Marealle), Uganda (Wilberforce Muyomba), Dr Olubukola Odeyemi (Nigeria) and Ghana (Paul Assigri). Certificates of Completion for 2016 program were awarded to e-learners in attendance from Ethiopia (Misale Kuru and Yared Gatenah) and for 2017 Rwanda (Alex Ngaga).
 
The ADM Institute for Postharvest Loss Reduction generously sponsored seven of our PEF delegates via a travel grant to visit Rwanda: Dr Olubukola Odeyemi (Nigeria), Mary Mdachi and Roseline Maraelle (Tanzania), Yared Gateneh and Misale Kuru (Ethiopia), Paul Assigri (Ghana) and Wilberforce Muyomba (Uganda).
 
Many of our PEF e-learning graduates were in attendance at the 1st All-Africa Postharvest Congress and Exposition in Nairobi, Kenya (28-31 March 2017). The ADM Institute for Postharvest Loss Reduction sponsored two of our PEF board members (Cathy Kitinoja, who presented a poster on “Ramping up Postharvest Training of Trainers in Africa”, and Bertha Mjawa, who was on the winning team in the postharvest innovation competition) and provided partial support for several of our PEF delegates via a travel grant: Jacinta Naiyika (Malawi), Esa Abiso (Ethiopia) and Dr. Olubukola Odeyemi (Nigeria).

2016 PEF sponsorship for E-learners

Ashwell Ndhlala, South Africa, attended the Engineering and Technology Innovation for a food security conference in Stellenbosch (ADMI joint sponsorship).

Faruq bin Hossain Yamin received PEF technical support for the Agro-Tech Park training center in Bangladesh

Karin Albonoz (Chile) attended the Tuskegee University closing workshop in Alabama, USA (UC Davis PTC joint sponsorship)

Gezai Abera, Hassen Yassin, Sintayehu Musie, and Kemeru Umer attended the Jimma University closing workshop in Ethiopia and received postharvest toolkits.

2015 PEF sponsorship for E-learners

Travel grant for Esa Abiso, Semera University, Ethiopia to attend the ADMI PHL Congress in Rome.

Olubukola Odeyemi (Nigeria), Odette Ngulu (Tanzania), Mohammed Arif and Vijay Yadav Tokala (India), and Jacinta Nyaika (Malawi) attended the PHL Congress in Rome (ADMI joint sponsorship).

Esther Mwaisango (Kader Award winner 2014), Janne Remmy, Xanfon Bitala, Radegunda Kessy, Zablon Ernest, Richard Temba, Mwanaisha Mfinanga, Pendo Bigamo, Merius Nzalawahe, Mary Mdachi and Odette Ngulu (all of Tanzania) attended the TOPS postharvest refresher training workshop in Arusha.

Kodimah Issifu (Ghana), Frederick Mbah (Cameroon) and Emmanuel Ayua (Kenya) attended the closing workshop in Arusha, Tanzania and received postharvest toolkits.

Herve Ineza, J. Norbert Mugabashaka and Angelique Sugira of Rwanda attended the TOPS postharvest refresher training workshop in Kampala, Uganda.

Adams Abdul-Rahaman had his journal article publication fee payment sponsored by PEF

2014 PEF sponsorship for E-learners

Olubukola Odeyemi (Nigeria), Noel Valentin Mulinda (Rwanda, Kader Award winner 2013), Wilberforce Muyomba (Uganda), V.K. Kauthale (India) and Antonio Edoh (Togo) attended the closing workshop in Arusha, Tanzania and received postharvest toolkits.

Radegunda Kessy, Philipo Joseph, James Armachius and Invioleta Dominick of Tanzania attended the closing workshop in Arusha and Mkuru, Tanzania and received postharvest toolkits.

Naman Nyabinda (Kenya) attended the closing workshop in Arusha and Mkuru, Tanzania and received a postharvest tool kit (joint sponsorship with Purdue University).

2013 sponsorship for E-learners

Samuel Ayuba (Nigeria), Mekbib Seife Hilegebrile (Ethiopia), Adams Abdul-Rahaman, (Ghana), Noel Valentin Mulinda (Rwanda), Adah Mwasha (Tanzania) attended the closing workshop in Arusha, Tanzania and received postharvest toolkits.

Moses Banda and Bernard Himoonga (Zambia, joint sponsorship by Rutgers University) attended the closing workshop in Arusha, Tanzania and received postharvest toolkits.

Naman Nyabinda (Kenya) attended the closing workshop in Arusha, Tanzania and received a postharvest tool kit (joint sponsorship with Purdue University).

Francis Appiah (Ghana) is consulting with WFLO and LK on a commodity systems assessment training in Liberia for a USAID funded CNFA project.

Wilberforce Muyomba (Uganda) is consulting with PEF (Majeed Mohammed, Hala Chahine and Lisa Kitinoja) and Agribusiness Associates on a Hort Innovation Lab project to assess food losses in Rwanda (bananas, tomatoes, green chillies and sweet potatoes) in 2016-17.

Faruq bin Hossain Yamin and Sadia Arfin assisted Lizanne Wheeler with a commodity systems assessment and project evaluation for WinRock International in Bangladesh (2016)

Robert Odoi (Uganda) assisted Lizanne Wheeler and Lisa Kitinoja in providing a closing workshop for e-learners in Tuskegee Alabama (May 2016).

Wilberforce Muyomba consulted with PEF and WFLO on the COMCEC project to assess on-farm food losses in Uganda (bananas and maize) in 2015-16.

Olubukola Odeyemi consulted with PEF and WFLO on the COMCEC project to assess on-farm food losses in Nigeria (cassava and sweet potatoes) in 2015-16.

Esa Abiso and Gezai Abera provided logistics assistance and support for Lisa Kitinoja during the PEF E-learning closing workshop in Jimma, Ethiopia in 2016.

Mekbib Sefie Hilegebrile (Kader Award winner 2015) and Esa Abiso participated as instructors in the Jimma University closing workshop in Ethiopia in 2016

Xanfon Bitala provided site visit logistics support and presented on “reducing on-farm food losses” at the PEF Postharvest Technologies short course/study tour in Arusha, Tanzania in 2015.

Odette Ngulu provided site visit logistics support and prepared postharvest demonstrations in Njiro on solar drying and use of the Zero Energy Cool Chamber at the PEF Postharvest Technologies short course/study tour in Arusha, Tanzania in 2015

Radegunda Kessy and Zablon Ernest consulted with LK and WFLO by conducting interviews in Tanzania with postharvest trainers and smallholder farmers, processors and marketers for the TOP funded PTSC project evaluation in 2014-15.

Guy Kodjogbe (Benin) consulted with LK and WFLO by conducting a written survey for evaluating postharvest trainers for the TOP funded PTSC project evaluation in 2014-15.

Odette Ngulu provided logistics assistance and support for LK during the 2015 and 204 PEF E-learning closing workshops in Arusha, Tanzania.

Philipo Joseph consulted with PEF and Chandra & Associates on a MAP research study in Tanzania in 2014.

Xanfon Bitala provided postharvest training for Istituto OIKOS in Mkuru Training Camp, Tanzania in 2014

Janne Remmy and Xanfon Bitala consulted along with LK for the Tanzania Hort Assn (TAHA) on commodity systems assessments for multiple crops, and “farmer training centre” designs for three districts in 2013. Packinghouses, marketing access centres, collection centres and practical training centres were funded by MAFC and are now operational (as of 2016).

Janne Remmy, Robert Odoi and Odette Ngulu provided postharvest training for AVRDC in Tanzania in 2013.


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