Despite the many challenges currently facing universities and the world, the University of Minnesota Chapter of Phi Tau Sigma remained committed to its "Building a Science Bridge to Africa and Beyond" program in 2020. In May, more than 500 Food Science and Nutrition books were shipped to Kisii University in Kenya, which was made possible through the generous financial support provided by the Minnesota Section of the Institute of Food Technologists (MNIFT).
It was a long journey for the books to reach their final destination in Kisii, but after three months, we received notification that the materials arrived in good condition. As noted in a thank you letter from Dr. John S. Akama, Kisii University’s Vice Chancellor, these books will greatly assist in the teaching and learning of students in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, which is a relatively new department with limited reference materials and research infrastructure.
This is our third book shipment to Africa in as many years. We are deeply excited and honored to know that our chapter is helping contribute to the development of the next generation of food scientists and nutritionists in Africa. We look forward to continuing and expanding this program to other countries in the coming years.
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Contributed by: Yara Benavides, MSc-Ph.D. Candidate. Co-Chair of the University of Minnesota Chapter of Phi Tau Sigma