#IamAg! Meet Mengistu Alemu, a Veterinary Technician from Ethiopia

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This is the tenth post in our new series “I am Agriculture”, that showcases the many careers available to young people in agriculture. Today’s post comes from Mengistu Alemu, who is Veterinary Technician. When I was a boy, I remember government workers from the Ministry of Agriculture coming to the village where I lived in the Northern Shoa District of Oromia on motorbikes to give technical support about farming methods. Coming from a family of farmers, I was impressed. I liked the work they did and I liked their motorbikes as well! At home we produced different crops, including barley, wheat and fava beans on our three acre farm, and also kept livestock – so I understood different aspects of farming. I was around cattle and different crops from a young age. I understood the work that was involved, and I also understood the challenges that farmers in Ethiopia faced. From an early age, I thought about a career in the farm advisory service. Read More

#IamAg! Meet Caroline, Food Scientist from the UK

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This is the eighth post in our new series “I am Agriculture”, that showcases the many careers available to young people in agriculture. Today’s post comes from Caroline Manus, who is a Food Scientist with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). Having been brought up by a nutrition-aware mother, I was always very conscious of the importance of good nutrition. My mother was an inspiration. She was passionate about nutrition and the foods we eat. She was instrumental in my desire to study nutrition. I don’t think as a child I knew exactly what I wanted to do later in life. But I always knew I wanted to marry a hard science which is closely linked to patients.  Read More