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More Women Scientists Needed to Spur Food Production

[NAIROBI] Sub-Saharan Africa needs more female agricultural research scientists to accelerate food production and to strengthen leadership skills among women, says the new leader of a career-development programme for women.

Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, who became the director of African Women Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) last month, says that having more female researchers in agriculture in Africa will help generate new ideas, necessary skills and attract the young among the womenfolk to the sector, adding that the move could even help majority of African smallholder farmers who are women.