Bettie Sindi Kawonga
Malawi 2014
Bettie Sindi Kawonga always “had a feel” for agriculture. She started off helping out on her family’s small backyard farms in Blantyre, Mzuzu, and Lilongwe, Malawi, and on her grandmother’s farm in the village. “I used to help my father grow vegetables and look after chickens at home,” she says. With this background, it seemed natural that Kawonga would opt to study animal science at university and work in agricultural extension, conducting training sessions with farmers to disseminate her research findings.
I had to do something to help bridge the gap in some small way so that the information could trickle down to farmers to save their animals and crops.
Field of Research
I want the next 50 years to be different for Malawian farmers. We don’t want farmers to accept a situation where they get 10 liters of milk a day from animals that can produce 60 liters a day.

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