I am writing to
apply for DAAD scholarship for masters in agricultural statistics being offered
by eastern African statistical center.
I am a young economist currently managing 5,000 coffee
plants .Despite graduating from college with very little knowledge on
agricultural statistics I have gained hands- on experience that has motivated
me to further my studies in this field. In addition, masters in agricultural
statistics gives me a good background for my doctoral studies in agricultural
economics. My ultimate goal is to work with research based groups in
agricultural sector or academic institution.
In 2013, I graduated with bachelors of Economics and
Finance from Kenyatta University. During the four academic years, I learnt
mainly microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and mathematical methods of
economics. I also completed my thesis titled “Economics of sustainable coffee
production in Fort-Ternan, Kenya.” During the study, Cobb-Douglas production
function was the econometric model used to define economic variables and data
was analyzed using SPSS which led to the conclusion that there is a significant
relationship between sustainability and production.
My background in farm data collection, analysis and
presentation is an excellent pathway to a master’s degree in agricultural statistics.
I have worked in a tea plantation where I ensured accurate and swift entry of
tea output data when on field sessions. I also worked closely with field
supervisors on how they allocate labor-time on various activities in a flower
farm. Using excel for analysis was able to analyze man-hours used for each farm
activities and present it using charts. By studying the charts, field
supervisors were able to improve on their work plans. Finally, I generated line
graphs showing both tea and flower production trends and pattern that
contributed to decision making process by management.
Naturally, I’m a leader and mentor, result oriented,
tech-savvy and possess strong time management and organizational skills. My
interest in agriculture as a means of improving livelihoods is what makes me