A farmer’s son walks out to his mothers plot at the Kasisi Agricultural Training Center in Zambia


Indian Red Roselle Leaves

I have recently graduated from the Master of Business and Science Program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The MBS program combines business classes with concentration specific science courses to  provide students with the necessary business acumen, entrepreneurial skills, and know how to translate scientific and technological ideas into profitable products and services (see MBS website). My concentration in Global Agriculture included courses on Agriculture Development, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Politics of Food Insecurity, Science Communication and Plant Biology.

Thai Red Roselle variety

I recently finished my Master’s degree in Plant Biology at Rutgers in October 2018. My research focused on the quantification of nutrition and yield of several varieties of roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) for use by smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and for ethnic crop markets in North-Eastern United States. By promoting African Indigenous Vegetables with cultural significance and climate tolerance we are able to reduce agricultural inputs and increase the availability of fresh nutritious vegetables.

For more information please visit Rutgers’ Lab for New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products.


Sanders, M., Ayeni, A.O. and Simon, J.E., 2020. Comparison of yield and nutrition of roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) genotypes in central New
Jersey. Journal of Medicinally Active Plants, 9(4), pp.242-252. URL: https://doi.org/10.7275/v5ax-s402

Sanders, M.C., 2018. Comparative growth and leaf nutrition of selected roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) genotypes in New Jersey (Master’s Thesis, Rutgers University-School of Graduate Studies). URL: https://doi.org/doi:10.7282/t3-ysbh-1y04