USAID, in partnership with Michigan State University, designed and implemented an innovative master’s degree training and institutional capacity building program involving U.S. universities. An objective of the UILTCB Program was to provide MS degree training from U.S. universities in program areas that contribute to the USAID’s strategic objectives, related to agriculture-led economic growth, trade, and natural resource management.
From 2008 to 2013, USAID/Malawi supported the training of 16 Malawi professionals (4 women, 12 men) in MS degree programs at UF/IFAS through the Initiative for Long-term Training and Capacity Building (UILTCB).
|Student||1st Year of Study||Home Department||Major Professor|
|Jessica Dorothea Roberts||2013||Agribusiness||John VanSickle, Ph.D.|
|Ishak Shaibu||2013||Agribusiness||John VanSickle, Ph.D.|
|Felix Makondi||2010||Animal Science||John Arthington, Ph.D.|
|Chapa Suzgo||2010||Animal Science||Charlie Staples, Ph.D.|
|Hamie Chakana||2010||Animal Science||Adegbola Adesogan, Ph.D.|
|Njombwa Chunala Alexico||2010||Animal Science||Cliff Lamb, Ph.D.|
|Donald Tatha Kazanga||2010||Animal Science||Geoff Dahl, Ph.D.|
|Mpeketula Matrina||2010||Animal Science||Sally Williams, Ph.D.|
|Kumwenda Wycliffe||2009||Agribusiness||John VanSickle, Ph.D.|
|Aubrey Chinseu||2009||Agribusiness||Allen F. Wysocki, Ph.D.|
|Pearson Jasi-Soko||2008||Food and Resource Economic||Allen F. Wysocki, Ph.D.|
|Lucy Nyirenda||2008||Food and Resource Economic||James Sterns, Ph.D.|
|Esther Nkana Fiskani||2008||Food and Resource Economic||Zhifeng Gao, Ph.D.|
|Innocent Thindwa||2008||Food and Resource Economic||Richard N. Weldon, Ph.D.|
|Bonet Kamwana||2008||Food and Resource Economic||Evan Drummond, Ph.D.|
|Jonathan Chiputula||2008||Food and Resource Economic||Ray A. Bucklin, Ph.D.|
Students were educated and then returned to Malawi for field research, during which time the UF/IFAS faculty advisor traveled to Malawi to provide guidance in the research. The 16 students were sent to UF/IFAS in three separate cohorts: six students in 2008, two students in 2009, six students in 2010, and two students in 2013. This program was brought to a successful conclusion when the last students completed their thesis and graduated with an MS degree May 2015.
UILTCB is funded by USAID and Malawi. For more on USAID, visit https://www.usaid.gov/.