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

African Institutions Engaged
African Scientists Empowered
Researchers Trained


Mphangera Kamanga, 2015 AWARD Fellow, Malawi

Mphangera Kamanga, a 2015 AWARD Fellow from Malawi, was drawn to agricultural research as a young girl since her parents’ involvement in farming enabled her to see first-hand the positive impact agriculture has at the household level. Kamanga’s research focuses on crop modeling, which involves simulating the behavior of future crop production systems based on current climate scenarios.

“No discussion about crop modeling is complete without mentioning smallholder farmers,” she states. “These are the people who have the farming experience, but they lack the capacity and the resources. I want to apply solutions on the ground.”

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