For your viewing and listening pleasure, here are two short video ‘stories’ by two great agricultural-research-for-development storytellers. Their stories were introduced recently at an Aspen New Voices Fellowship evening gathering in Nairobi by moderator Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, vice president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), former chair of the board of trustees of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and a former Aspen New Voices Fellow herself.
Andrew Mude, an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow and economist with ILRI, here describes an unlikely moment (rhetorically and personally tense as well as transformative) that occurred years ago in a small church in Kenya’s remote northern frontier region of Marsabit during the launch his livestock insurance program for African herders. Run-time: 10 minutes.
And here’s Aspen New Voices Fellow Jemimah Njuki, who formerly headed ILRI’s gender and livestock research and is now senior program officer at Canada’s International Development Research Centre, in Nairobi. She describes the transformative moment in her unusual trajectory from (very happy) employee serving cocktails and gourmet food to rich people in a five-star hotel at the Kenya coast—’as far away from a farm as I could possibly be’—to her lifelong commitment to empower rural women and girls. Run-time: 7 minutes.
If you like those stories, there’s several more like it at the site above. Soon you’ll be able here to nominate your favourite scientist or other development professional for an Aspen New Voices Fellowship in 2019. This is a year-long media skills, communication and leadership program designed for standout development professionals from the developing world.