The year 2018 was exciting for African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) as we marked a decade since the founding of our flagship initiative, the AWARD Fellowship. At a one-day event which was held in Nairobi at the Trademark hotel, more than 300 participants including leading international actors in the field of agricultural research and development convened to discuss the gains made in advancing inclusivity and how to accelerate these. Participants were drawn from the universities, international research institutions, government bodies, donors and global non-governmental organizations. The Guest of Honor was Her Excellency, Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, a leading biodiversity scientist and the sixth President of Mauritius.
Founded in 2008, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) works towards inclusive, agriculture-driven prosperity for the African continent by strengthening the production and dissemination of more gender-responsive agricultural research and innovation. AWARD invests 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.
On Thursday, November 29, 2018, AWARD staff and partners came together in Nairobi to celebrate the organization’s 10′” Anniversary. Themed, ‘A Decade of Advancing Inclusive Agricultural Research’, the event sought to provide a forum for reflection of the 10-year journey and lessons learned.
The event featured individuals who had engaged with AWARD in the past decade in various capacities including AWARD Fellows, mentors, fellows’ mentees, founding director and chair of its steering committee, and founding donors, among others. Two panel discussions, comprising researchers and research fund managers, were held. They discussed how to improve the numbers and experiences of women in research. The concluding session featured the unveiling of a special 10-year report containing results and impact of AWARD’s interventions.
This document is a summary of key ideas presented at the event on advancing inclusive agricultural research.
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