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Year 2013 Sampled Comments

From: "Francois Nzabuhorahoza" <nzabufd@yahoo.fr>
To: "Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o" <oniango@iconnect.co.ke>
Sent: 07/07/2013 16:00:09
Subject: Thanks to Our Almighty God!
As member of AJFAND, I am humbly beseech Almighty God to help Nelson Mandela to recover in order to celebrate his joyful anniversary with entire World. Many Thanks to OUR LORD Jesus Chist.
Prof. Dr. Eng. Francis Dominicus Nzabuheraheza, (MSc. and PhD)
Instructor/Enseignant, Botanic Garden and Biodiversity Conservation Project Coordinator
At INES-Ruhengeri, Senior Researcher, and MINEDUC Consultant via UNESCO

From: "Vital Kwizera" <kuriverite@yahoo.fr>
To: "oniango@iconnect.co.ke" <oniango@iconnect.co.ke>
Sent: 10/03/2013 18:10:53
Subject: Greetings and congratulations
Dear mum,
I am happy to contact you now.
I am Burundian, I live Burundi. I have studied agriculture at university of Burundi, I am finishing my Ir. degree (equivalent to BSc in Agrigriculture). During my curriculum, I have loved human nutrition and I have done my thesis on this field: nutrition.
During my researches, I have downloaded many articles on AJFAND that I have used in references. I am very thankful on your journal.
My hearty greetings to all AJFAND team.
Best regards
Yours faithfully
Vital KWIZERA, agriculture engeneer

From: "Geofrey Okoboi, PhD" <okoboi@eprc.or.ug>
To: "Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o" <oniango@iconnect.co.ke>
Cc: "Michael Okumu" <okumuajfand@gmail.com>; "Emily AJFAND" <emilyajfand@gmail.com>
Sent: 31/01/2013 18:11:20
Subject: Re: Announcing AJFAND Volume 13 No. 1 (2013)
Dear Prof. Oniang'o,
I notice that you have changed the background/cover of the journal. I congratulate entire team of AJFAND on the new cover -which to me is more appealing.
Warm regards from Uganda.

Subject: Re: Final proof - Article no. 4285
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:31:50 +0000
From: mojisolaoyarekua@yahoo.com
Reply-To: mojisolaoyarekua@yahoo.com
To: AJFAND mailto:info@ajfand.net
Dear Technical Manager: Michael Okumu,
Greetings. This is to confirm that I am satisfied with the final proof of my paper- Article No: 4285. I must say I have gained a lot in scientific writing due to the rigorous and detail reviews of my paper. Thank you very much.
Dr M.A Oyarekua
Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN


Year 2012 Sampled Comments

Subject: Re: Announcing AJFAND Volume 10 No. 3 (2010)
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:28:21 +0300
From: Oniango <oniango@iconnect.co.ke>
To: Basu, Saikat <saikat.basu@uleth.ca>

Great Saikat..I am happy and thank you so much for your support!

-- Original message --
From: "Basu, Saikat" <saikat.basu@uleth.ca>
To: "Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o" <oniango@iconnect.co.ke>
Date: Tuesday 23 October 2012 11:44:58
Subject: Re: Announcing AJFAND Volume 10 No. 3 (2010)

> Dear Prof Ruth
> Hope you are doing great. Just wanted to share that I have recently received a peer-review position with >American Botanical Soc. My special issue work with your journal helped me a lot for my selection.
> I appreciate your support so much for that.
> Best regards
> Saikat..

From: Olapade Olufemi [fem66@hotmail.com]
To: Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o [oniango@iconnect.co.ke]
Sent: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 23:13
Subject: Re: Published - Volume 12 No. 5 (2012)

What a day! Unprepared for yet by premonition of a good thing to happen I got myself a Don Simon fruit wine and guess what I am celebrating. We learnt a lot and lots of patience as well. In all we say thank you. More grace to the indefatigable Professor and to the retinue of her eagle eye crew of reviewers and staff.

Greetings from Njala University, Njala Campus Sierra Leone.

Kind regards.

Olapade Oluwafemi Julius (PhD)
Sub-regional Coordinator (Sustainable Integrated aquaculture - CORAF/WECARD)
Njala University, Njala Campus
Sierra Leone

From: Peter Kamau Gichovi [gpeterkamau@yahoo.com]
To: Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o [oniango@iconnect.co.ke]
Sent: 2/2/2012 12:04:39 PM
Subject: THANKS
I wish to express my gratitude for your continued support since the year 2010. Year 2011 was a tough one but thanks to you and AJFAND in general for the wonderful opportunity to not only earn a living but also learn of the various issues surrounding cultivation and/or production of indigenous African foods: potential and challenges for value addition, general awareness of these foods, their nutritional importance, market aspects as well as policy issues.
The latest assignment-Novus International data collection was most interesting as I had the opportunity to go through all the manuscripts published by AJFAND from Volume 1 through to 11. I therefore had a better grasp of issues relating to food, agriculture, nutrition and development across Africa and some other countries. This kept me in the right track in regards to career development and the search for knowledge.
Basing on the information from these studies, it appears that in Africa we have vast food resources but lack appropriate technology or willpower  to process(add value), distribute, market and the right leadership to champion the tapping of these food resources on a large scale basis, to curb the long-lasted problem of food insecurity.. Luckily, we already have basic  information regarding Africa's potential courtesy of AJFAND and like groups, hence action at this stage is paramount. 
I therefore say THANK YOU for these invaluable gestures. Your contribution to both my career and personal growth is immense. Thanks also to Mr. Okumu among others who have been of great help all along. Finally, I pray that AJFAND fairs on well and of-course continue to be of great impact to communities particularity in Africa. Hoping that I will continue to be help to AJFAND in one way or the other whenever need be.
Peter Kamau Gichovi,
Email: gpeterkamau@yahoo.com/penvest.cl@gmail.com


Year 2011 Sampled Comments

From: Allotey J (Prof) [alloteyj@mopipi.ub.bw]
Sent: 5/25/2011 6:36:24 PM
To: Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o
Subject: RE: Announcing AJFAND Volume 11 No. 3 (2011)

Most eminent Scientist, Prof. Ruth Oniang’o,
Continue with the excellent work. Congratulations for yet another edition of AJFAND.
Best regards,
Joseph Allotey

From: Rotimi Aluko [alukor@cc.umanitoba.ca]
To: Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang,o [oniango@iconnect.co.ke]
Sent: 5/25/2011 8:42:36 PM
Subject: Re: Profiled - Volume 11 No. 3 (2011)

Thanks very much for the honor. It is a pleasure to be of service to AJFAND, which no doubt has become the premier journal for African researchers in Agriculture, Food Science & Nutrition. I wish you continued success and growth.
Rotimi Aluko, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of the Graduate Program Department of Human Nutritional Sciences University of Manitoba Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada R3T 2N2

From: Kuda Murwira [kmurwira@zol.co.zw]
To: Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o [oniango@iconnect.co.ke]
Sent: 5/26/2011 11:22:41 AM
Subject: RE: Announcing AJFAND Volume 11 No. 3 (2011)

Dear Prof,
I am really enthused by the quality of contributions in this volume 11 No. 3 of 2011. It is quite interesting and also extremely relevant to rural Africa challenges for today and the future in terms of food production, nutrition and health in general. Please keep up the good work you are doing. Just to remind you that we met sometime last year in Addis at Hilton Hotel when you were just about to leave. Please let me know next time you are in Zimbabwe so that we can have  a bit of time to chat about these issues. I also hope you continue to get more funding towards support of this good cause.
Kuda Murwira

From: Patricia Gitari [pgitari@yahoo.co.uk]
To: Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o [oniango@iconnect.co.ke]
Sent: 5/27/2011 10:51:40 AM
Subject: Profile
Goodmorning,I trust that you are well.  Thank you for the profile on AJFAND.  Actually this is the first time anyone has ever written my story.  I have already received many emails since it appeared.  I believe this will boost collaboration with others.
Kind regards,
From: James Onchieku [jonchiekukefri@yahoo.com]
To: Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o [oniango@iconnect.co.ke]
Sent: 5/31/2011 1:23:49 PM
Subject: Re: Announcing AJFAND Volume 11 No. 3 (2011)
Dear Hon. Prof. Oniang'o,
I am proud of AJFAND for its great work in promoting dissemination of important peer-reviewed publications. Can we send papers on bioenergy for consideration?
James Onchieku
Bioenergy and Climate Change


Year 2010 Sampled Comments

From: Carole Musita [mucapa2002@yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 10:25 AM
To: oniango@iconnect.co.ke
Subject: Congratulations!

Dear Prof,
Receive New Year greetings from Taiwan. This is to congratulate you on your work well done. Congrats for the recent AJFAND issue. You are a great inspiration to my professional development. I really admire and long for the day i will be where you are. Otherwise, i wish you well for now.
Many thanks,
Caroline Musita, GLUK

From: Mukisira, Ephraim A. (Headquarters) [eamukisira@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 4:50 PM
To: Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o
Subject: Re: Announcing AJFAND Volume 9 No. 9 (2009)

Happy and congratulations for the excellent work you are doing on the AJFAND journal. We wish you the very best this year.
Dr. Mukisira.

From: Gabriel Teye [teye.gabriel@yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 6:29 PM
To: Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o
Subject:  Re: Announcing AJFAND Volume 9 No. 9 (2009)

Dear Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o,
Thanks for the  wonderful work you are doing, happy new and May the almighty Lord continue to bless you.
Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, University for Development Studies, Box TL 1882 Tamale, Ghana

From:  Richard Douglass [richardinghana@yahoo.com]
Sent:  Wednesday, January 13, 2010 4:05 AM
To: Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o
Subject: Re: Announcing AJFAND Volume 9 No. 9 (2009)

Ruth, your Editorial is brilliant.  Perhaps the USA will become a stronger and more resolved partner for such essential aims in the near future. It will be good to (finally) meet you

From: Richard Douglass [richardinghana@yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 8:15 PM
To:  Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o
Subject:  Re: Announcing AJFAND Volume 9 No. 9 (2009)

What a wonderful, rich and diverse issue!  This is an excellent way to begin 2010!
Richard L. Douglass, MPH, PhD
Professor of Health Administration, Eastern Michigan University, 329 Everett Marshall Building
College of Health and Human Services, Ypsilanti, MI USA 48197, Visiting Professor, Ashesi University-College, Accra, Ghana

From: Bukhari Sillah [bsillah73@yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 3:26 PM
To:  Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o
Subject: Re: Announcing AJFAND Volume 9 No. 9 (2009)

Dear Hon. Prof. Dr. Ruth Oniang'o
Thank you for sending me AFJAND Volume 9 No. 9 (2009), I look forward to having my articles featuring in this journal. For your information, I have already sent one of my articles on the climate change.
Best regards
Dr. Bukhari sillah, King Saud Universit

From:  bolaji babatunde [afababs@yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 3:01 PM
To:   Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o
Subject:  Re: Announcing AJFAND Volume 9 No. 9 (2009)

Thank you professor and i wish and the entire editorial board of AJFAND a great yr of publication
Babatunde Bolaji Benard
Environmental Biology Unit, Department of Animal and Environmental Biology, University of Port Harcourt

*Published an article in Volume 11 No. 2 (2011)

From:  ALLOTEY,  J. (PROF.) [ALLOTEYJ@mopipi.ub.bw]
Sent:  Tuesday, January 12, 2010 4:02 PM
To: Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o
Subject:  RE: Announcing AJFAND Volume 9 No. 9 (2009)

Congratulations !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Hon. Prof. Oniang’o. We appreciate you.

From: Prof Abukutsa Mary O.O. [mabukutsa@yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 5:29 PM
To: Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o
Subject: Re: Announcing AJFAND Volume 9 No. 9 (2009)

Hello Professor Oniang'o
Thank you for the persistent excellent dispensation of your calling. You are an excellent mentor for me and all those who look upto to you.
May God Bless you
Abukutsa Mary O.O.

From: Bukhari Sillah
Sent: Saturday, January 9, 2010 9:40 AM
To: 'Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o'
Subject: Re: Paper submission

Dear Madam,
First of all, I do appreciate your work in allowing Africans an outlet to present and discuss their academic works with other peers around the continent and outside the continent. In this respect, I here attach copy of an academic paper on the impacts of climate change on the agricultural output in the Gambia for consideration in the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development.
Best regards
Dr. Bukhari M. S. Sillah
Department of Economics, College of Business Administration, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saud Arabia


Year 2009 Sampled Comments

From: Ken Buckle [k.buckle@bigpond.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2009 2:21 PM
To: 'Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o'; 'AJFAND'
Subject: RE: Announcing AJFAND Volume 9 No. 7 2009

Hi Ruth,
You are doing a wonderful job, I admire your commitment and bottomless pit of enthusiasm. Keep up the good work with your great team. Hope to see you again at the 15th World IUFoST Congress in Cape Town next August …. will you be able to attend?
Best wishes
Em Prof Ken Buckle
Food Science and Technology Group, UNSW  Sydney  NSW 2052  AUSTRALIA

From: Mark L Wahlqvist [profmlw@nhri.org.tw]
Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2009 4:36 PM
To: 'Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o'; 'AJFAND'
Cc: 'Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition'
Subject: RE: Announcing AJFAND Volume 9 No. 7 2009

Dear Ruth
A great issue- and the stats certainly look good!

From: Ephraim Mukisira [eamukisira@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2009 4:46 PM
To: Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o
Subject: Re: Announcing AJFAND Volume 9 No. 7 2009

I am glad to learn that your journal has many hits. This is encouraging and I would like to take this time to congatulate you and the journal team for the excellent work you are doing. Best regards.
Iam in Accra attending the FARA meeting.
Regards Mukisira

From: Nnyepims (Dr.) [NNYEPIMS@mopipi.ub.bw
Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2009 4:09 PM
To: Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o
Subject: reviewer

Dear Prof,
It was good to meet you in person. We had conversed on email for a while before we met.   ICN did me some good because it , amongst other factors, created an opportunity for us to meet. I hope that you travelled back home safely. My trip  home was fine too. As I expressed earlier, I want to thank you a lot for the work you are doing with AJFAND. The journal has rescued many of us, whose critical mass in the country is too small for a journal and yet in need of constant communication with colleagues in the area. I would like to contribute to the journal by being a reviewer. I know this is small contribution, but I thought I should lend a hand. 
Thank you again.
Dr. Maria  S. Nnyepi  
Senior Lecturer, Human Nutrition , HOD: Department of Home Economics Education, University of Botswana

From: zwagri Lib [zwagrilib@yahoo.com
Sent: Wednesday, July 01, 2009 4:54 PM
To: Prof. Ruth K. Oniang'o PhD

Dear Sir/Madam,
We want to bring to your attention that Ministry of Agriculture Central Library acknowledges and appreciates the high quality literature on agriculture and related you always sent to us. We kindly invite you to share any ideas on the isuues on agriculture and related and/or identify alternative services that you deem necessary to be more viable. We again thank you for your long standing support and cooperation. We also take this oppotunity to appologise for not acknowledging some literature you have been sending to us. This was due to financial problems our country have been expriencing. Our internet and other communication modes have not been functioning properly. Please do keep in touch.
With kind regards
Pretty Dube

From: obed lungu [lunguoi@yahoo.co.uk]
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 12:43 AM
To: Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o
Subject: Re: Announcing AJFAND Volume 9 No. 5 2009

Prof Oniang'o,
Thanks for this information. This volume is exciting from two perspectives. One I see one of the papers that I reviewed appearing. Two, it is packed with nutrition papers, and I am also working on linking the prevalence of chronic noncommunicable diseases to food and nutrition! We are drawing up a collaborative reserach project with University of Pittsburgh Medical School.
Obed Lungu

From: Amujoyegbe Bamidele [bamujo2002@yahoo.com]
Sent: Saturday, April 04, 2009 8:25 PM
To: Prof. Ruth K. Oniang'o PhD
Subject: Submission of Article for Publication

Dear Prof Oniang'o
I appreciate my inclusion in your mail. I wish to send an article for publication in your reputable journal "African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development" I went through the site but l could not see the directive for contribution to Authors. I also wish to appreciate the way the journal is widely publisized wish is very good for us in Africa. Development in Africa has to be done by us not by the none African. Please, keep up the good work you are doing as Editor in Chief.
Dele Amujoyegbe PhD
Cropping System Agronomist, Department of Crop Production and Protection, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

From: John Bukusuba [jbuk2001ug@yahoo.com]
Sent: Sunday, January 18, 2009 5:14PM
To: Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o
Subject: Re: Papers for review - AJFAND

Dear Prof.
Thanks for the new year message. Hope your team had a good holiday. AJFAND does a great job of getting research work from labs and institutions to improvements in policies and interventions. I believe sharing lessons learnt and workable recommendations are a powerful tools in development.


Year 2008 Sampled Comments

From: obed lungu [lunguoi@yahoo.co.uk]
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2008 11:46 AM
To: Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang,o
Subject: Re: Announcing AJFAND Volume 8 No. 3 2008Dear Hon. Prof. Oniango,

These are good articles on contemporary issues and should be valued by readers. I feel good that those I did not recommend do not appear. I have reviewed some articles that do not meet this high standard that you have set, and I was getting worried that I did not recommend any lately! Please keep up the good work. We must redeem ourselves as African scientists by publishing high quality work.
Prof. Obed Lungu


Year 2007 Sampled Comments

From: Bioline International [mailto:bioline.international@utoronto.ca]
Sent: Monday, October 01, 2007 7:34 PM
To: 'Hon. Prof. Ruth K. Oniang'o'
Subject: Organizations

Dear Ruth,
It was good to meet you and I was very happy that you were able to visit the Bioline office.  We are happy that the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development is part of Bioline. I am emailing in regards to the websites where the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development can be found:

- Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA): http://www.aginternetwork.org/en/index.php

Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI): http://www.who.int/hinari/en/

Directory of open access journals (DOAJ):   http://www.doaj.org/

Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE): http://www.oaresciences.org/en/

We have uploaded a few issues to the African Index Medicus (AIM) and we are waiting for them to add these issues to their website http://indexmedicus.afro.who.int/.  We will notify you when the AIM project is up and running again, right now we have been trying to get a hold of the person in charge of AIM but he is not replying.
I hope this is helpful, please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you,

Devika Ramcharan
Project Coordinator, Bioline International
c/o Division of Social Sciences, University of Toronto at Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail, Scarborough, ON, M1C 1A4 -- Canada. bioline.international@utoronto.ca

From: Maggwa Baker Maggwa Ndugga [BMaggwa@fhi.org]
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2007 2:03 PM
To: Hon. Prof. Ruth K. Oniang'o
Subject: RE: greetings

It is great to hear from you especially at this time when you must be extremely busy as the elections get closer. I must say that I and I believe I speak for many are glad to have colleagues like you in the house. It makes a great difference. Hope one of these days we will get a moment to share a cup of it and ideas that can further enhance public health for our people.
Director of Research Family Health International - Africa Regional Office, Nairobi

From: Barilee Horsfall [mepba12002@yahoo.co.uk]
Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2007 4:23 PM
To: Hon. Prof. Ruth K. Oniang'o
Subject: Re: Announcing AJFAND Vol. 7 No. 4 2007 [African Leafy Vegetables SPECIAL ISSUE Vol. II]

Dear Prof,
Good day. Prof, I have not heard from you for sometime now. I hope all is well wih you. Thank you vey much for the wealth of information on vegetables which you uploaded in my box.That was very kind of you. I hope the pressure caused by manuscripts is easing gradually at the AJFAND secretariat. Please send my regards to all. It is my hope that I will one day spend my sabbatical with AJFAND or with a University in Kenya and possibly climb the historical Kilimanjero !