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

HELEN OGUNSUYI, 2015 AWARD FELLOW, NIGERIA

Dr. Helen Ogunsuyi is a 2015 AWARD Fellow from Nigeria. Her research focus is on rural women and communities, where she is working to introduce domestic energy alternatives using sweet potato skins as a type of bio-ethanol.

“My long-term goal is to promote sweet potato bio-ethanol among rural women in Nigeria, and Africa, to curtail deforestation.”


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