Bilingual Project Communications / Commodities Quality Assurance Officer
BSc (Hons), MSc
Food and Markets Department
Natural Resources Institute
Pesila Govinden joined the Natural Resources Institute in 2012 as a Laboratory technician after completion of an MSc by Research in Science and a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry at the University of Greenwich. She has carried out several works involving analysis of nutrients, anti-nutrients, elements and biological substances for analytical, sports and food sciences using techniques such as High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and mass spectrometry among others. Pesila is currently working on the Farm Risk Management in Africa (FARMAF) project which focuses on enhancing access to and use of effective pre- and postharvest farm risk management tools (systems, institutions and infrastructure) by smallholder farmers in Tanzania, Zambia and Burkina Faso. Since the start of the new project, she has been involved in bi-lingual (French-English) project auditing, co-ordination and developing skills in quality assurance of grains.
Current and Previous Funded Research Projects
Farm Risk Management for Africa (FARMAF)
Location: Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Zambia
Funding Body: European Commission
Position Held: Bilingual Project Communications / Commodities Quality Assurance Officer
Description of the Project: The objective of the project is to enhance access to and use of effective pre- and postharvest farm risk management tools (systems, institutions and infrastructure) by smallholder farmers in Tanzania, Zambia and Burkina Faso. This includes access to agricultural insurances linked to improved access to financial services, and enhanced collective action by farmers. It is expected that by using these tools, smallholder farmers will be able to reduce their exposure to downward shocks, improve access to credit and, therefore, their capacity to invest in yield-enhancing technology. Specific contributions are overall project management (shared with project leader); research inputs on innovative financing systems, such as Warehouse Receipt Systems, and commodity marketing; and support of national implementing partners in Tanzania. Research was presented at UK Houses of Parliament in February 2013. The project, led by NRI, is a partnership between AGRINATURA (consortium of European agricultural research institutes and universities) and several national, regional and Pan-African Farmers' Organisations.
True Retention of Carotenoids during Gari Processing and Sensory Evaluation of Gari produced with Yellow-Fleshed Cassava in Nigeria
Funding Body: Harvest Plus
Position Held: Science technician
Description of Project: The objective of the project was to determine the carotenoid levels, other vitamin and mineral, cyanide and protein contents of white and yellow-fleshed cassava leaves (raw and processed).
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