Prof. Patrick Mathenge

Prof. Patrick Mathenge

Prof. Patrick W. Mathenge is Professor of Agriculture in the School of Agriculture and Biotechnology at Karatina University, Kenya. He holds a PhD in Crop/plant Physiology from London University and MSc in Crop Physiology, Reading University and a BSc in Agriculture, University of Nairobi. He has a wealth of experience in Agronomy, Crop Physiology and Seed Science and Technology. He also has a postgraduate certificate in crops for dry land agriculture. Currently he is the Director, Board of Postgraduate Studies at Karatina University. Previously, he served as a founder Dean of the School of Agriculture and Biotechnology at Karatina University. He has also chaired the departments of Crop Science and Horticulture at Moi University. He has also held other key positions in his career life at the University. He has also coordinated several donor funded community oriented projects in On Farm Seed Production. He has also trained and guided in many research projects culminating in productive findings and award of postgraduate degrees. He has consulted in areas of Seed Science and technology and Environmental crop Physiology. I have also spearheaded training programme in tea Science and Technology at Karatina University. I am also involved in studies involving Climate Change and the crop production and food security. He is a member of African Crop Science Society, Soil Science Society of East Africa, Kenyan Horticultural Society, Kenyan dry land agriculture consortium and Kenyan plant genetic Resources Consortium. I am a reviewer for several journals including AJFAND, Discovery and Innovation several Crop Science related publications. Awards during his career include: ODA-British Government Scholarship for masters degree, FAO/UNDP PhD scholarship, Government of Israel- Postgraduate Scholarship, The Royal Dutch Government Project and research funds and Rockefeller Foundation Project and research funds. A few publications are listed below:

Professor Mathenge has been and continues to be a dedicated reviewer of AJFAND manuscripts for a number of years now. His support is highly appreciated. Ed. AJFAND

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Mr. Mesfin Wogayehu Tenagashaw

Mr Mesfin Wogayehu

Mr. Mesfin is a lecturer in the Faculty of Chemical and Food Engineering at Bahir Dar Institute of Technology, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia. He has received his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry and M.Sc. degree in Food Engineering from Bahir Dar University and Addis Ababa University, respectively. Currently, he is a doctoral fellow in Food Science and Nutrition at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Nairobi, Kenya, through the RUFORUM/DAAD in-region scholarship. He holds certificates on Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2000), Food Safety Management Systems (ISO 22000:2005) and HACCP Standards. He has also obtained certificates in international milk processing and milking systems and milk quality, The Netherlands. As a lecturer, he has offered a number of food science and food processing courses to Food Technology and Food Process Engineering students for many years. Moreover, he has served as Programme Manager of the then School of Chemical and Food Engineering (three years) and Chair Holder of the Food and Beverage Processing Chair (one year), at the Institute of Technology, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia. Mesfin has received an appreciation award from the same university for his excellent performance in teaching. Mesfin has the passion to actively participate in a range of activities including research and outreach, in addition to academics, on food and nutrition matters. He has also attended a number of national and international short trainings, conferences and workshops on food science and nutrition issues. Mesfin is interested to engage in research and outreach activities in the areas of infant and child nutrition, complementary foods processing, micronutrients, fortification of food products, utilization of indigenous crops and food processing practices, food preservation and shelf life studies, food and nutrition security, community nutrition and nutrition education and advocacy. He aspires to be involved in collaborations and partnerships among experts and/or institutions that target working on community development activities in the fight against food insecurity and malnutrition especially among infants, children and women. Mesfin is a registered member of the Food and Nutrition Society of Ethiopia (FoNSE). He is making article reviews for a number of peer-reviewed journals including the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development. E-mail:

Mesfin Wogayehu Tenagashaw is an upcoming scholar, very passionate about his studies, and always ready to review, timely, manuscripts that are sent to him. We value his support and wish him a bright future. Ed. AJFAND


Ms Ipeleng Randome

Prof. Joseph Berinyuy

Ms Ipeleng Randome is currently a Botany lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Botswana. Ipeleng was born in 1987 at Mochudi in Botswana. She graduated with a BSc (Biological Sciences) degree from the University of Botswana in 2009; and later joined the Department of Biological Sciences of the same university as a Staff Development Fellow in 2012. In 2013 she left for further studies in the USA. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology in December 2015 at the University of Arkansas, USA. Ms. Randome’s research focuses on the use of cheap and reliable methods of enhancing fruit quality in crops of economic importance such as tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) with particular emphasis on developing countries. The overall aim is to achieve improved livelihoods through better nutrition. Her research has gained international interest as she was an invited speaker at the Arkansas Plant Powered Production Annual Research Symposium in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA in June 2015; and subsequently she was a guest seminar speaker at the Department of Biology at the National University of Lesotho in August 2016. Aside from teaching Ms Randome engages in multi-disciplinary research with colleagues in the department. She has published several journal articles including publications with her colleagues from zoology and microbiology. One of the key areas in this collaborative research is the study of stored food commodities and associated insect pests in Botswana; principally with the aim of reducing post-harvest losses due to insect infestation. Ms Randome is a member of Botswana Academy of Science, Somarelang Tikologo (Environmental conservation) and Birdlife Botswana. She is currently an active member of the organizing committee for the International Junior Science Olympiad to be held in Botswana in December 2018. She has served on many academic committees in the department of Biological Sciences, University of Botswana as well as a judge in the National Annual Mathematics and Science Fair for secondary school science projects in Botswana. Ipeleng is very open to collaborative research for interested colleagues from developing and developed countries.

We are happy to present Ms Randome here as an upcoming scientist. She is joining AJFAND as Junior Reviewer. Ed. AJFAND

Refereed Journal Articles

  1. Allotey, J., Randome, I., Mpuchane, S., B. Gashe, S, Matsheka, M., Coetzee, S. and Khonga, E. (2017) Insect infestation of biltong, a salted dried meat product consumed in Botswana. Journal of Applied Zoological Researches 28(1); 27-36
  2. J. Allotey, M. Segwabe and Randome I. (2016) Damage caused, loss assessment and emergence pattern of Acanthoscelides obtectus (Say) on the beans Phaseolus vulgaris L. in Gaborone, Journal of Applied Zoological Researches 27 (2): 157-161
  3. J. Allotey, O. Manyaapelo, Randome I. and D. Loeto (2016) Prevalence of Helminth parasites of pigs slaughtered in Sentlhane farms and Gaborone North Abbatoirs, Botswana, Journal of applied Zoological Researches 27 (2): 150-156
  4. Allotey, J., Randome, I., Morobe, I. C., and Monnakopo, P. (2017) Fly maggots (Diptera: Calliphoridae, Muscidae) and associated microorganisms in Gaborone. Journal of Applied Zoological Researches 28(1);37-44

Contact Details: Email: University of Botswana Corner of Notwane and Mobuto Road Department of Biological Sciences Private Bag 00704, Gaborone Botswana

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