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

NGOZI OGUGUAH, 2014 AWARD FELLOW, NIGERIA

Oguguah’s interest in fish developed as an undergraduate. She wanted to find the least expensive investment option for homesteads and to encourage people to begin fish farming. “Fish is the cheapest animal protein in Nigeria, and I wanted to interest farmers in aquaculture so they can improve the health of their households and increase their incomes by selling the extra fish,” she says.


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