In 2016 the Ørskov Foundation received a total of 59 applications, from students in 15 countries in across Africa and Asia, for funds to support training linked to their postgraduate degrees. At the Trustees meeting in February six applications were shortlisted and the following five applications were received funding:
Ssemwanga Mohammed from the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Tanzania, received £2,359.00 to undertake a training course on ‘Sustainable Land Management for increased Food Security and Climate Change Mitigation’ at Makere University, Uganda. The training received will enable Ssemwanga to analyse soil processes and properties, to help reduce degradation and improve the productive capacity of local croplands.
Etta Otto Enow from the University of Dschang, Cameroon, received £2,438.47 to undertake training on Land Information Management Systems at the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) Nairobi, Kenya. The training received will enable Etta to develop an information management system incorporating land tenure; land value; land use and land development to support his Master’s research project on women’s land rights and ownership of agricultural land and natural capital linked to the Korup Conservation Program in Cameroon.
Nkembeteck Henry Nkwa from The Higher Institute of the Sahel (ISS) of the University of Maroua, Cameroon, received £1,096 to undertake training on ‘Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management’ at the PAN African Institute for Development Studies-West Africa (PAID-WA), Cameroon. The training received will help Nkembeteck to develop a community-based disaster risk reduction initiative linked to his Master’s work on desertification and natural resources.
Collins Ojuh Ndowah from the University of Buea, Cameroon, received £2,451.00 to undertake training in Remote Sensing and GIS Analysis methods at the University of Twente’s Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), in the Netherlands. The training received will help Collins to assess local-level food vulnerability and security to support his Msc in Natural Resources Management (Environmental Management and Agricultural Development).
Afah Valarie Azah from the University of Buea, Cameroon, received £2,465.00 to undertake training Land Management Information Systems at the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) Nairobi, Kenya. The training received will enable Afah to develop an information management system to support her Master’s research project to assess women’s access to agricultural land and natural resources in the Takamanda region of Cameroon.