WHY AWARD?

Women’s Participation

African women play a critical role across Africa’s agricultural value chains yet only one in four agricultural researchers is female (AWARD/ASTI 2009). Available data indicate that women in many African countries enroll in agricultural science as students but upon entering the workforce, face discouraging workplace dynamics.

Improving Outcomes

An essential step toward improving outcomes for Africa’s smallholder farmers includes strengthening the voice of its women, on the farm, in the laboratories, in markets, and in policy forums. As part of the solution, it is critical to support the careers of African women agricultural researchers

Cultivating Solutions

AWARD is cultivating a growing pool of African women to be (a) effective within ARD institutions supporting the agricultural value chain; (b) effective across a range of research disciplines serving the sector; (c) responsive to gender issues in the service of women, without excluding men

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African Institutions Engaged
390
African Scientists Empowered
330
Researchers Trained

FELLOW OF THE WEEK

CHAPWA KASOMA, 2014 AWARD FELLOW, ZAMBIA

Chapwa Kasoma was drawn to agriculture and crop sciences through her early interest in biology. Growing up in a city, she had no farming experience, but her focus on genetics and molecular biology as an undergraduate student led her to discover and appreciate the potential of biotechnology.


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