As part of the Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab project, which aims to foster creativity and outside-the-box problem solving, university students have the opportunity to explore and tackle real-world challenges, working under the guidance of faculty members who are authorities in their fields to develop substantive policy recommendations.
Uganda has one of the biggest youth populations in the world. More than 75 percent of the country’s population is under 30 years of age, and among those 18-30 there is widespread poverty and unemployment.
Afioluwa Mogaji, a second-generation agricultural turnaround specialist from Nigeria with over 17 years of experience in livestock and crop production, is so passionate about the agriculture sector that he changed his name to Africanfarmer.
“Professionally, the Cochran Fellowship has opened a new beginning for me, my co-operative and my country,” says Emmanual Swai, a Cochran alumnus from Tanzania. “We will utilize what we gained for the benefit of our people and the dairy industry as a whole.”