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 Supported
Researchers Trained


Adey Feleke Desta, AWARD FELLOW 2015, Ethiopia

Adey Feleke Desta grew up in Addis Ababa in close proximity to her extended family. She had no contact with rural areas as a child, but says her heart was drawn to the countryside. Her experience of rural life came from watching television and reading books meant for district health centers because her aunt worked for the ministry of health. Desta’s first physical exposure to the countryside was during fieldwork conducted for her MSc...

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