Felicidade Margarida Macome, 2011 AWARD Fellow, Mozambique
Felicidade Margarida Macome recently received acceptance for her PhD studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, as well as a scholarship from the Islamic Development Bank. She is currently in the Netherlands pursuing a short training course and will start her studies next year.
Macome graduated with her master’s of animal science at Brazil’s Universidade Federal da Bahia in 2007. She returned to Mozambique in 2009 and joined the Agricultural Research Institute of Mozambique (IIAM) as an animal nutrition researcher, initially looking at goat feeding and value-chain analysis.
As a team member on a joint project between IIAM and the International Livestock Research Institute, Macome says she really enjoys learning alongside rural people. “It’s so satisfying to go to the field to develop a strategy to solve a problem that a community is facing,” she says enthusiastically. “They have so much knowledge, and I definitely learn from them. By combining indigenous knowledge and scientific research, we can find new solutions together.”