MEET JEAN

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Jean Claude Nsengiyumva

Country: Rwanda
Track: Innovation Science & Research
Position: Agricultural Research Stations Coordinator
Host company/organization: One Acre Fund Rwanda
About position: Jean Claude is responsible for staff management, preparing and following up on trials, equipment inventory, and more. He will be supporting other teams on sweet potato and soybean production.

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. 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 presented a graduation project titled Evaluation of the Effects of Different Rhizobium Bioinoculants on Growth of Phaseolus vulgaris in the Tropics. After graduation, he started his fellowship at Alexandre Family Farm in Crescent City, California for one year as part of a post-graduate internship in dairy production. He is planning on applying to a Master´s program in environmental sciences or soil management after his fellowship.

 

Jean Claude asserts that EARTH changed his perspective, both personally and professionally. “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.¨

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. – Jean

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.”

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