Joram is a Rwandan currently residing in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife Ginny Kimenyi. Joram was born in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania and moved back to Rwanda with his parents, in 1999. Joram moved to Knoxville in early 2010 to pursue higher education in the field of computer science. Growing up in post-Genocide Rwanda, Joram has always been in search for his role in helping his country grow into the next phases of development.
Our overarching goals are to help create sustainable, long term solutions for poor farmers in rural communities. By engaging a diverse group of subject matter experts, we aim to create solutions that can be adapted to the rest of the country and the region in general.
Richard worked for over 44 years in nuclear industrial operations. That work encompassed nuclear safety regulatory management, facility operations, training development, for commercial power nuclear plants and, Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear Weapons and Research Facilities.
Vice President Al Gore awarded him a “Golden Hammer” for improving government based on his work to develop and implement DOE’s nation-wide Lessons Learned processes.He mentored the Russian government’s nuclear regulatory agency on capturing, processing, and utilizing nuclear facility operating experiences.
The Institute of Nuclear Plant Operators (INPO) awarded him a (national) “Good Practices” for power plant operational work controls (work planning and scheduling improvements) and another one for improvements in processing nuclear industry operating experience. He specialized in developing diverse teams to assess problems, perform disciplined analyses, and to develop proposed resolutions. For complex issues those processes included personnel at all levels of the affected organizations.
Richard is a member of Apostles Anglican Church in Knoxville Tennessee. He and Bonny have been married for 32 years. They have two adult children and three grand children. His hobbies include martial arts (8th Dan), ham radio (Extra Class – K4RLT), golfing (a high handicapper!), and boating.
Writing research projects which solve farmers problems regarding agriculture and natural resources, Implementation and installation of research trials, helping farmers to adapt new and modern technologies of agriculture, training farmers in agriculture marketing, and help them to be aware of the market ethics.
Training smallholder farmers how to cope with weather patterns, giving technical support for the local leaders in charge of agriculture, establishing the innovation platform (IP’s), Monitoring and Evaluation of research trials, Data analysis, making reports
2013- 2016: Kenyatta University, MSc in Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM), waiting for graduation in 2017.
2013 – 2015: University of Dar es Salaam, MSc in Natural Resources Assessment and Management. Graduated in 18th November, 2015.
2004- 2008: ISAE (Current known as University of Rwanda/ College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (UR/CoAVM)), Undergraduate Degree in Agriculture engineering.
Frank has been involved in writing research projects, following research activities as a Researcher in-charge of research implementation, monitoring and evaluation, data collection, data analysis and report writings.
2014-2016: MSc thesis research on the “Effect of selected Integrated Soil Fertility Management technologies on maize-soybean yields and soil properties in central highlands of Kenya”
2013-2015: MSc dissertation research on “Constraints and opportunities for promoting smallholder maize farmers in three contracting agro-ecological zones of Rwanda”
2012-2013: Research on Integrated of Climbing Beans System (ICBS) in Rwanda (establishment of research trials in rotation and intercropping of maize and climbing beans, where maize were used as climbers).
2010-2011: Research on Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM). Installation of research trials using different methods/techniques of ISFM in different soil qualities of Rwanda.
1. Narayanan Kannan, Mutesa Frank, and A.J. Rayar (2010). Investigating water availability for introducing an addition crop yield in dry season on hill land at Rubirizi, Rwanda. AGRICULTURE WATER MANAGEMENT, Volume 97, issue 5, May, 2010, Pages 623-634.Published by Elsevier.
2. Narayanan Kannan, Mutesa Frank, and A.J. Rayar (2009). Analysis of Soil Moisture Conservation techniques with dry season maize crop in hill land at Rubirizi, Rwanda. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/47416606.