Exhibiting his Sack Garden in the African village stand at the East of England Show recently was Marshal Papworth scholar Moses Biketi, an MSc Postharvest student from Writtle College, and it was here that he had the opportunity to meet HRH The Prince of Wales.
Moses, who has been studying at Writtle College for just under a year, is from Kenya and came to Writtle following the good news that he would receive a Marshal Papworth scholarship.
Attending the East of England Show on behalf of Marshal Papworth, Moses worked with other scholars to set up the showground portrayal of an African Village. Each scholar’s exhibit related back to their studies in England. Moses’s exhibit consisted of ‘sack gardens’ and showed how you can grow vegetables and herbs using an alternative method.
HRH The Prince of Wales visited the African Village on the first day of the Show and spoke directly to Moses: “The Prince asked me whereabouts in Kenya I was from, and asked if I had helped to set up the African village display.”
Moses went on to say: “I have had many challenges along the way, but so far so good. I have gained so many skills at Writtle that I wouldn’t have been able to gain in my own country. I am now looking forward to returning home to Africa and using what I have learnt for the benefit of the people.”
In October 2011, Moses met HRH The Duchess of Cornwall after she toured Writtle College on an official visit to Essex.
Prior to arriving in England, Moses had been working with Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS) as a plant/seed inspector. His long term career plans are to utilize the acquired knowledge and skills from the scholarship opportunity to help various communities in Kenya by addressing many environmental & social concerns in addition to offering innovative and economically viable opportunities to growers, labours, and consumers, policy makers in the government and many other organisations in the entire food chain.
Scholarships, awarded by the Marshal Papworth Trust of the East of England Agricultural Society, are offered in a bid to support agricultural and horticultural students from developing countries across the world. The competitive scholarships cover tuition fees and living expenses and are awarded to students who, in the view of the judging panel, will be able to apply their qualifications for the benefit of the wider community on returning to their home country.
Writtle College is in a privileged position of being able to offer international students access to the opportunity of a full scholarship from the Marshal Papworth Trust. Students who have secured a place on a relevant course at Writtle may be selected by academics from the College and put forward to the Marshal Papworth Trust. Scholarships are then awarded on a competitive basis to suitably academically qualified candidates.