A former Purdue University student, Scott Massey, has received his second Mandela Washington Fellowship to lead educational agricultural workshops at universities in the Republic of Cameroon in Africa.
Currently, about 200 million hectares of suitable land remains unfarmed across Africa. The Mandela Washington Fellowship aims to promote agricultural development through the academic and entrepreneurial empowerment of Africans. Massey’s first Mandela Washington Fellowship allowed him to travel to Togo to teach farmers about the usages of hydroponics systems.
For this trip, Massey will travel with another Mandela Washington fellow, Daliwa Joseph Bainamndi, to provide Cameroonian farmers vital information on developing and incorporating innovative farming practices into their work. The two fellows will lead lectures on hydroponic farming, entrepreneurship, 3D printing, and computer-assisted design at the University of Ngaoundere, the University of Ngo-ekele, and the agriculture school of Institut Superieur des Sciences et Techniques de Yaounde.
“This diplomatic humanitarian mission will fight the war against hunger on its front line and expand the addressable technology market to maximize global impact,” Massey said. “I look forward to the day that Africa becomes an environmentally and economically sustainable farming model.”