The Mastercard Foundation - EARTH University Fellowship Program

Yusuf Yasin Abdirahman

Country: Somaliland
Track: Employment
Position: Agricultural Technical Advisor
Host company/organization: Agribridge Somalia
About position:Nyasha supports the sourcing and management of CNG’s project development activities in South Africa. He also assists in evaluating suitable Agriculture Land Management and Improved Land Management carbon credit methodologies.

Nyasha’s graduation project was called A Study of Endophyte Fungi Populations in Three Different Banana Production Systems. After his Fellowship, he hopes to complete a Master’s in climate change and sustainable development at the University of Cape Town. He wants to specialize in environmental sciences.

Nyasha reflects that EARTH has made a very positive impact on his life. “I was able to meet so many different cultures, that otherwise I would’ve never met. It has taught me to face and meet challenges and to be respectful of the opinions of others. I think EARTH has opened many doors for me and helped me see agriculture in a different way.”

Nyasha returned to his home country Somalia and intends to work in community development with small-scale farmers in the banana sector. He wants to teach them about resilience in agriculture and how to combat and mitigate climate change. He would also like to train them to improve water management and the preservation of biodiversity.

To his donors, he would like to say:

I greatly appreciate your support through my four years of undergraduate studies. I want to influence young people to become future agronomists like me. Thank you because all of this is thanks to your help.– Nyasha



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