Oumar Issoufou Adamou is the Fall 2023/Spring 2024 Bouriez Family Fellow
The Bouriez Family Fellowship, administered by the Institute for African Development (IAD), sponsors exceptional students from Francophone Africa as they pursue professional training in law or global development at Cornell University. Created by a generous gift from Pierre and Aurélie Bouriez, the Bouriez Family Fellowship supports graduate study for citizens of French-speaking African countries, fostering connections between Cornell and institutions of higher learning in Francophone Africa and advancing Cornell's mission to educate the next generation of global citizens.
Oumar Issoufou Adamou is the Fall 2023/Spring 2024 Bouriez Family Fellow. He hails from the Republic of Niger in West Africa's Sahel region and his research interest as an MPS student in Global Development is on climate change and food security challenges in the Sahel, with the goal of strengthening food production systems for those with limited resources. He previously worked for the government newspapers "Le Sahel" and "Sahel Dimanche" before coming to Cornell. Oumar also has experience with social safety net programs, serving on one of the data collecting teams for a Niamey-based research organization, where he collected data for a World Bank-funded rural Niger program.
In November 2022, his article titled "Maternal and Child Health: Low Awareness of Danger Signs During Pregnancy" won an award in UNICEF's Neo-natal and Child Health Media Competition (Print Media category). In January 2023, he participated in a Climate Change Journalism Fellowship Program in Accra, Ghana, which allowed him to have a more thorough understanding of the challenges that are affecting the agricultural system in Sub-Sahara Africa.
His primary goal is to assist people in making the best decisions for their lives and communities by giving the assistance they require for food production despite climate constraints. Furthermore, his focus will contribute to changes in African social and economic growth, through food production. Hence, after completing the program, he intends to return to Africa and work with public international organizations or NGOs with a greater understanding of development issues and agriculture.