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 Supported
330
Researchers Trained

FELLOW OF THE WEEK

PAULINE KALUMIKIZA MBUKWA, AWARD FELLOW, MALAWI

Pauline Kalumikiza Mbukwa is the fourth of five girls born in a rural village called Mchinji in the central region of Malawi, and she learned to plant and apply fertilizer in the family’s garden as a young child. “My father, a commercial farmer made me realize the great potential that exists in farming—that there is income to be had through this line of work,” she says. “He really instilled a love of agriculture in me.”


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