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Meet our 2017 interns – Ian’s story

My name is Ian Mutua Alex, currently a final year student pursuing a course that will lead to the degree of Bachelor in Agricultural and Bioengineering systems engineering. In all my years as a student, it has always been clear to me that Poverty and Famine are one of the biggest problems unfortunately pulling my continent Africa back to the days of old.

image (2) It has always been a big concern to me on a personal level and that is why I dedicated my life to agriculture. Agriculture as it is has the potential to end poverty, drought and hunger combined. Agriculture has the potential to employ many people and also the food produced is the only solution that hunger needs. Planting of vegetation leads to rain and that solves the drought problem.

It is this passion that led me to an internship at Ojay Greene where I met Ms Yvette Ondachi, and I must honestly say that in all my years, I have never met such a visionary, passionate and dedicated person it goes without saying that she became a mentor to me. My expectation at Ojay Greene was to work in collaboration with many farmers to try and solve the problems they face in the day-to-day production of leafy green vegetables. African indigenous vegetables are really amazing as they are uniquely and abundantly endowed with enriching supplies of antioxidants, which actually help prevent cancer.

Ojay Greene provided me with the opportunity to learn and a platform to share my knowledge and skills with African farmers. It has been an amazing experience and one of a kind because, many students don’t get such opportunities to work in customized learning packages.

The knowledge Yvette Ondachi has imparted upon me will be a great asset throughout my career. I cannot thank you enough for your mentorship over this period. You have been such an integral part of my career. I hope to inspire others as you have inspired me. I admire you for your humility, your diligence, and your unwavering purpose. You have shown me how to be a more effective human being, and for that I cannot thank you enough.

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