National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) 2019 Borlaug Scholar Zaki Afshar talks to Seed World’s Marc Zienkiewicz about his family’s farm in Afghanistan and how he’s working to make farming easier for people there and beyond. Interview conducted at the 2019 NAPB annual meeting in Pine Mountain, Georgia.

Afshar is a Graduate Research Assistant and Master’s candidate in the Soil and Crop Sciences Department at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. His thesis research focuses on characterization of stripe rust resistance in the winter wheat cultivar Hatcher and genetic mapping of this resistance in a doubled haploid population. Afshar is phenotyping the population at Fort Collins as well as in collaboration with USDA-ARS scientists in Rossville KS and Pullman, WA.