African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) works toward inclusive, agriculture-driven prosperity for Africa by strengthening the production and dissemination of more gender-responsive agricultural research and innovation. We invest in African scientists, research institutions, and agribusinesses so that they can deliver agricultural innovations that better respond to the needs and priorities of a diversity of women and men across Africa’s agricultural value chains.
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    April 16, 2021 News
    Dear friends, This month marks exactly seven years since I began in my role as AWARD Director. In those seven years, we have successfully built upon the foundation laid by my predecessor, Vicki ...
    March 08, 2021 News
    As we mark this year’s International Women’s Day themed ‘Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World’, we celebrate some of the AWARD Fellows leadi...
    May 04, 2021 Events
    | May 04, 2021, | from 9:00 GMT | See the event time in your time zone The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) together with the Sub Regional Organizations (ASARECA, CCARDESA, CO...
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    How to increase women’s participation in data science and STEM fields


    Capacity building opportunity!
    Are you interested in learning about genome engineering? Here is your chance.
    Register and join Stream Portal's Masterclasses in Crop Transformation for Genome Editing.
    Registrations are ongoing: https://bit.ly/3mSVtzt

    Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg (@wanjirukr), Director @awardfellowship highlights at today's #GreenTalks how #women are the face of the solutions to #ClimateChange as they also bear the brunt of its effects. #TalkingAfricaEU

    Empowering school learners to cope with the challenges of COVID-19 through mentoring;
    The AWARD Kenyan chapter, @Ke_AWARD, visit Loresho Secondary School, Kenya, for a role modeling session.
    See the highlights
    @NiWARDN @ZaWARD2016 @ugaward

    Read @IFPRI's @jemimah_njuki latest blog "FIX THE SYSTEM''! and learn how our food system could be changed and why Women should be involved in its transformation.

    Find out more here: https://bit.ly/3mJQSzq

    @UNFSS1 @FoodSystems @leap4fnssa @PARI_ZEF @AWARDFellowship

    With changing contexts in our spaces how are our visions and agendas changing?
    Register and join our Director @wanjirukr among other speakers for a discussion on "Power Dynamics, Philanthropy and Global Justice: Limits and Possibilities" at the vCIES 2021!


    @AKADEMIYA2063 & @AERCAFRICA will provide joint capacity building and training programs in applied economic analysis and modelling targeted at #African students, researchers, & policymakers.


    Malawian @AWARDFellowship Fellows call for tree planting in the efforts to combat the effects of #climatechange while also emphasizing the importance of engaging the youth in the conversations around conserving the environment.

    "The best way we can help the poor adapt to climate change is to make sure they’re healthy enough to survive it. And to thrive despite it.”

    Read why @BillGates believes CGIAR is well-placed to make it happen: https://on.cgiar.org/3rM97FL #OneCGIAR #climate @GCAdaptation @climate

    Challenges to inclusion are complex. So how do you operationalize inclusion of women and underrepresented groups? @CIFOR presents some of the best ideas in this new publication: Getting it right, a guide to improve inclusion in multistakeholder forums.

    When it comes to #foodsystems, we don't just need to build back after #COVID19—we need transformation.
    @IFPRI's 2021 Global Food Policy Report will provide the roadmap!
    Don't miss the #GFPR2021 launch on April 13: http://bit.ly/2021GFPRlaunch

    Are you a professional and do you want to develop your skills in sustainable and inclusive #foodsystems? Then this is your chance to improve your knowledge during an online postgraduate course.

    Apply here 👉 https://bit.ly/3fVcWFR
    Deadline: 15 June 2021

    The pandemic has demonstrated that our understanding of #gender dynamics in #foodsystems is incomplete! More research on gendered impacts of #Covid-19 is needed if we are to make more progress on #genderequality
    Read why: http://bit.ly/3f4wAz0 @WLE_CGIAR @IWMI_ @Cipotato

    The Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO invite you to nominate an eminent woman researcher for the 2022 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards dedicated to Life and Environmental Sciences.
    Submit your nominations by May 31, 2021

    Training opportunity for PhD and Postdoc researchers!

    @IntVetVaccNet is inviting applications for online training courses for early career researchers in LMICs

    Hurry! A limited number of places available on the courses
    Deadline: April 12, 2021


    Former #ABCF and @AWARDFellowship fellow, Esther Kanduma on where focus should be placed for significant change with #WomeninSTEM


    ⭐ @IFPRI is launching its 2021 Global Food Policy Report!

    📌 Transforming #FoodSystems After #COVID19

    ⌨️ #GFPR2021

    📅 April 13 ⏰ 9:30am EDT

    💬 @Agnes_Kalibata @Jo_Swinnen @RobVos26 & more

    📍 Online @ http://bit.ly/2021GFPRlaunch

    👋🏽 See you there!


    In just six months of public engagement, the UN @FoodSystems summit has surfaced 1,200+ ideas and propositions to transform #FoodSystems.
    These preliminary ideas are a foundation to build upon towards a #UNFSS2021 for the people
    Learn more ▶️ http://bit.ly/unfss-pr-ideas

    A growing demand to address the threats of #climatechange and social inequality has led to the emergence of inclusive climate action. But how important is inclusive climate action in building sustainable solutions for the future?

    "I'd like to see the involvement of women at various stages. Women are innovative in their own way, women can spread information, women can adapt the information to their own context beyond your wildest imagination." Rebecca Sarku, 2019 AWARD Fellow.

    Thank you to everyone who joined our webinar yesterday on #WomenInSTEM and leadership.
    If you didn't get a chance to listen in, we got you! You can now listen to the webinar recording here: https://bit.ly/3cI0S9f.
    @IntVetVaccNet @BecAHub @roslininstitute @uonbi


    A recording of the webinar is available now on the IVVN website 👇 (6/6)


    And Dr Barberine Silatsa Assongo from @Univ_Dschang gave her perspective as a francophone researcher, and the value of her mentors' support. (5/6)

    Jayne Quoiani from @roslininstitute/@EBSOClab said that it was important to make women more visible in science through public engagement. (4/6)

    Dr Esther Kanduma from the University of Nairobi @uonbi highlighted the importance of mentors, networks and partnerships - and the role we must all play. (3/6)

    Dr Cathrine Ziyomo from @BecAHub/@ILRI spoke about the impact her female supervisor had on her early in her career, and discussed the importance of investing in your own future. (2/6)


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