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AquaFish has supported more than 500 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in aquaculture, fisheries, aquatic ecology, economics, engineering, and many other disciplines. Some of our students who are or have been supported are featured below.
Akua Akfffo was a PhD student at Purdue University in the US working under the advisory of AquaFish-supported researcher Dr. Kwamena Quagrainie. Akuffo's PhD work included three research studies, 1) investigating the impacts of fish farm participation on household food security and nutrition in Ghana; 2) determining the influences of market price and household income on the demand or decisions to purchase fish among Ghanaian households; 3) investigating how current community infrastructure in Tanzania impacts accessibility and household consumption of seafood.
Akuffo Amankwah, originally from Berekuso, Ghana, received the 2013 Borlaug LEAP Fellowship, recognized as a promising leader in the field of agriculture and related disciplines. With AquaFish support, Akuffo earned his Ph.D. at Purdue University under the mentorship of AquaFish US-PI, Dr. Kwamena Quagrainie. Akuffo was also involved with the AquaFish Strategic Investment in Rapid Technology Dissemination (SIRTD) Associate Award, entitled “Enhancing the Profitability of Small Aquaculture Operations in Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania”.
Ann Nyaguthii Kimotho earned her first degree from Egerton University in 1992. Ann has since returned to graduate school, with AquaFish support, to earn her Masters of Science in Environmental Science at Kenyatta University. Ann works for Kirinyaga County as the County Director of Fisheries and said that while in graduate school "I have improved my way of solving challenges...I have gained knowledge on climate smart fisheries and how to cope and adapt to climate change." Mary uses her education and position to disseminate new climate-smart technologies to the fish farmers in her county.