From a Graduate Student to a Community Agent: From Science to Communication

The Story of Catherine Mloza-Banda

Above: Belgium, Brussels. European Development Days (EDD) Future leaders Catherine Mloza-Banda © European Union

Studying for a Master of Science degree under the RUFORUM Scholarship has greatly shaped my career and opened a world that I could not comprehend. Being able to generate scientific information is one thing; communicating it in a way that is understandable and relatable to a wide range of audiences is another.
My Master’s degree has helped me to be able to do both and more. I learned to engage policy makers and influential decision makers on the critical issues that are taking place at grassroots level that have an implication on policy. It highlighted the important role that farmer networks play in dissemination and adoption of new technologies and the role of informal communication channels.
I was awarded the RUFORUM Scholarship at a time that I was seeking to establish my career as an agricultural communications specialist. I had recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Crop Science from the then University of Malawi, Bunda College of Agriculture.  The most logical step for me was to pursue a career in the agricultural sciences either in a research station or academia. Interestingly, that was not what I wanted to do. Over the time I had studied for my degree, I had grown a passion for development communication and I wanted to innovatively fuse my newly found interest with my science degree; an aspiration that seemed very far-fetched at the time.

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3 Comments on “From a Graduate Student to a Community Agent – The Story of Catherine Mloza-Banda

  1. Pingback: From a Graduate Student to a Community Agent | C4D Network

  2. This is what RUFORUM IS all bout: Producing alumni who are pro-active and dynamic change-makers in the agricultural sector and making our member universities strong institutions that shape the agricultural sector in positive ways. Go Catherine, the sky is the limit. you make us proud.


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