Jean Claude Nsengiyumva

Country: Rwanda
Track: Innovation Science & Research
Position: Agricultural Research Stations Coordinator
Host company/organization: One Acre Fund Rwanda
About position: Placed at Kayonza, Karongi, and Rutsiro stations direction – responsible for staff management, trials set up and follow up, equipment inventory, infrastructure maintenance, and improvement, overseeing the harvest management and sales according to protocols, updating station databases every week, performing ongoing and a meticulous data cleaning. | Coordinating procurement of inputs for Phase 1 and Phase 2 trials. | Building team capacity – Supporting my team (station managers, senior and junior officers) to develop so that they can gradually take over additional responsibilities. | Protocols review and improvement. | Develop and implement a strategy to increase station efficiency and offset costs. | Meteorological data collection and analysis – I compile and organize daily weather data from each station and liaise with the public meteorological authority to ensure we maintain a robust climate dataset. | Take ownership of low and medium complexity requests of support that reach Product Innovation leads and will take increasingly more responsibility in supporting other teams on sweet potato and soybeans.

Jean Claude received an Honor Student Award at the 2019 graduation. Honor students are chosen because of their excellent academic achievements, and overall outstanding achievement in other areas, throughout their time at EARTH. Students are selected by the Dean, the Academic Coordinators in each level, and the Director of Student Affairs.

Jean Claude also received a Distinguished Student Award at the 2019 graduation. These are awards made on an annual basis at all levels. They recognize students that have demonstrated academic excellence and adherence to EARTH values, and who have shown progressive improvement over the year. The faculty and a representative from Student Affairs select the awardees.

Jean Claude has concluded fourth year and presented a graduation project called, “Evaluation of the Effects of Different Rhizobium Bioinoculants on Growth of Phaseolus vulgaris in the Tropics.” After graduation, he plans to work at Alexandre Family Farm in Crescent City, California, for one year doing a post-graduate internship in dairy production. He will also be looking to apply to a master´s program in environmental sciences or soil management.

About his time at EARTH, Jean Claude mentions that his perspective has changed. ¨EARTH taught me to think about sustainability and humanity before looking for a profit. I´ve learned that taking care of people and the environment comes first. My dream is to return to Rwanda and have my enterprise based on these principles. When I was in second year, I was taught to create my own company, and we developed a cattle breeding venture. I was the financial manager. We learned how to create and run our own business. I will never forget this experience because it will help me build my enterprise one day. Our student project was successful, and we were able to have a profit of $3,000.¨

When Jean leaves, he says he will miss the environment at EARTH. ¨People here are very open-minded and respect everyone´s differences. You can be yourself. I know that is not how the world works necessarily, but it should be. EARTH has taught me to be more confident and how to be an ethical professional. I would recommend other people to attend EARTH. I am thankful to the Buffett Foundation for their support these last years. I hope we can continue working together in the future.

Post-graduation plan: internship in a dairy farm in California. He will also be looking to apply to a master´s program in environmental sciences or soil management.



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