What makes Flower Ezekiel Msuya a Global Shaker?
Dr Flower Ezekiel Msuya is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Marine Sciences of the University of Dar es Salaam based in Zanzibar, Tanzania and a fierce lover of seaweed.
For over 20 years, the marine biologist has worked tirelessly to promote seaweed farming and its allied products in Tanzania.
In 1993 to 1996, she researched on the socio-economic and environmental impact of seaweed farming — the first study of its kind and from 1995 to 1996 she pioneered the start of seaweed farming in southern Tanzania.
In recent years, she has been dedicated to research and training in seaweed farming technologies and value addition and integrating seaweed with culture animals such as sea-cucumbers to fight the effects of climate change.
She has done a number of consultancies in seaweed farming/aquaculture with FAO (Tanzania and Kenya), WIEGO, UNIDO, WWF and starting seaweed farming in Mauritius, Rodrigues and Mayotte.
Dr Msuya is the founder and chairperson of the Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Initiative (ZaSCI), working with seaweed farmers in innovative farming and value addition, linking them with universities/research institutions, government departments and markets.
Her work has especially helped marginalised women in Tanzania increase their income through the production of seaweed value-added products.
She holds a PhD on seaweeds in integrated aquaculture from Tel Aviv University, Israel, a Master degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture from the University of Kuopio in Finland, and a Bachelor degree in Botany and Statistics from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Source: AllAfricaTags: Africa, agriculture, aquaculture, seaweed, Sustainable Agriculture, Tanzania