2011 Junior Fellows

Umair Muhammad and Marc-André Simard are University of Waterloo Chapter's Junior Fellow volunteers from May to August 2011. Check out their blogs for more information and feel free to shoot them a question by email!

Umair Muhammad

Program: Environmental Engineering
Country: Ghana
Partner: Local District Government - Ministry of Food and Agriculture Department
Blog: janaghanamana.wordpress.com/
E-mail: umairmuhammad@ewb.ca

Umair is a fourth year environmental engineering student at the University of Waterloo. He spent his summer in various places in northern Ghana working alongside a non-profit organization called Agribusiness Systems International to help farmers adopt good post-harvest handling practices and storage infrastructure.

Marc-André Simard

Program: Systems Design Engineering
Country: Ghana
Partner: Local District Government - Ministry of Food and Agriculture Department
Blog: yamsnscribbles.wordpress.com/
E-mail: marcandresimard@ewb.ca

"This summer I’m working with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in the Northern Region in Ghana, more specifically in Karaga. For a good explanation the Ministry of Food and Agriculture’s work in Ghana and the role Engineers Without Borders in our partnership with them, I recommend reading this section on Erin Antcliffe’s blog, team lead for the work done with the Ministry. My main project is to assess current barriers to technology adoption for rural farmers. This includes things like inputs (fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, improved seeds, etc.), tools (tractors, tillers, etc.) and processes (row planting, post-harvest processes, etc.). I’m pretty lucky, I’ll be working both in the government office and also doing research directly in the field with farmers." - from Marc-André's blog