Some months ago, Dr Nelius Boshoff paid a visit to the University of Zimbabwe and interviewed Prof Sheunesu Mpepereki, the Chairman of the Research Board, about a project on science funding councils in African countries. During the discussion Prof Mpepereki also started to speak about his involvement in soya bean research. Dr Boshoff found the project fascinating and on topic for DRUSSA, so he wrote this article.
"I have always lived this philosophy—that agricultural science must deliver food on the farmers’ tables, money in their pockets. That is the only way it can be worthwhile science. If hunger and malnutrition continue to ravage the village where I grew up, I cannot claim to be a scientist who knows about agriculture and production."