Track : Employment
Position: Research Assistant
Host company/organization: IITA Malawi
About position: Preparation of materials required for establishment of field trials. | Assisting in laying out and managing of field trials. | Engaging in soil and plant tissue sampling for nutrient analysis Assisting in data collection, entry and analysis. | Contributing to preparation of quarterly and technical reports Assisting in literature review for manuscript preparation for peer reviewed high impact factor journals.
Godwell completed a graduation project called “A New Approach to Predict Nutrient Content in Soil using NIR Spectroscopy and Machine Learning.” “This project was a combination of Geographic Information System (GIS) and soil science, where I was developing a digital soil map and giving recommendations in one of the academic farms within the campus with the idea of reducing the costs and maximizing production.”
He did his fifteen-week internship at Fertileva, a company based in Puglia, Italy, specialized in organic fertilizers. “Communication was a daily challenge because I do not speak Italian and my supervisor does not speak English. But we understood each other with the help of a translator app. During this internship I enhanced my industrial technical skills as well as my leadership skills through community work. It exceeded my expectations.”
About his experience at the University, Godwell says, “EARTH University has strengthened both my professional development as well as personal development. I am very enthusiastic about precision and organic farming. My interests in precision stem on acquiring necessary skills that can be used to implement in my home country-Malawi-among the rural farmers.” Godwell has also enjoyed working at the Soil and Water Science Lab since his second year. He has cemented his skills in soil analysis interpretation.
Godwell has exciting plans after graduation. He was selected to participate in the Fellowship Program, a novel initiative that has been created in partnership between the Mastercard Foundation and EARTH University to facilitate recent African graduates’ transition from Universities to launch purposeful careers in agriculture and agribusiness sectors in their countries of origin. As a Fellow, he will gain professional experience with a host partner for one year in Malawi, his home country. Godwell will be working as a Research Assistant at IITA-Lilongwe station, in Chiredze, Malawi.
To his donors at the Mastercard Foundation, Godwell would like to say,
Thank you for the best opportunity that I have ever had in my life. I am able to narrate my experiences which are in line of my passion because of your help through EARTH University. – Godwell
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