Filomena dos Anjos, 2008 AWARD Fellow, Mozambique
Filomena dos Anjos was recently accepted to the University of Kwazulu-Natal as a PhD candidate in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, where she will be studying feed resources as a base of scavenging chickens.
Filomena dos Anjos is passionate about poultry. For the past 15 years, this senior lecturer and veterinarian at Eduardo Mondlane University has worked with poultry farmers—who are primarily women—to control Newcastle disease through vaccination campaigns.
Through AWARD, dos Anjos competed for a nine-month, advanced science training sponsored by Novus International, a leading developer of animal health and nutrition programs for the poultry, pork, beef, dairy, aquaculture, and companion animal industries. Her research goal was to increase the efficiency and profitability of poultry-production systems in Mozambique through the use of more cost-effective feed ingredients, such as pigeon peas and cowpeas.
Novus, based in St. Charles, Missouri, proved to be the perfect placement for dos Anjos. “I was interested in locally grown ingredients for poultry feed, and Novus shared this interest,” she said. She worked with scientists on an experiment that slowly increased the percentage of cowpeas and pigeon peas into a chicken’s soybean diet, which includes vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, and minerals produced by Novus.
Dos Anjos sees the research that she conducted at Novus as a possible life-changer for farmers in Africa. “If these peas work well, then I can imagine a whole market change,” she said. “Right now, farmers grow peas only for personal consumption. We’re not producing a quantity that can provide for the feed industry. I want to improve the quality of life for families in Mozambique, and this is one of the ways to do it.”
Read her full Progress Report