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  • AWARD at SFSA 2016 Conference

    For the second year in a row, AWARD sent a contingent of fellows and fellow mentees to the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA 2016) conference. Twenty-seven women from various cohorts participated in the two-day conference that took place December 8-9, 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa.

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  • Zambian Women in Agricultural Research and Development Launched

    On October 20, 2016, Zambian AWARD Fellows and mentors converged in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, to launch AWARD’s latest country chapter, the Zambian Women in Agricultural Research and Development (ZaWARD), at the Zambia Science Conference 2016 organized by the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). Other invited guests included: Chairperson of the Non-Governmental Organization Coordinating Committee, Sara Longwe and the Executive Director of the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institution and ZaWARD’s patron, Mr. Chance Kabaghe.

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  • AWARD Launches 2016 GAIA AgTech Innovation Challenge

    AWARD is proud to announce that Gender in Agribusiness Investments for Africa (GAIA) is now accepting applications from institutions and enterprises for the 2016 GAIA AgTech Innovation Challenge.

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  • AWARD hosts African Development Bank Vice President

    AWARD played host to Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, the Special Envoy on Gender and Vice President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and other representatives from the bank on September 21, 2016. The visit by the AfDB team was aimed at discussing the prospects of a potential partnership between the two institutions.

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  • AWARD and RUFORUM Co-host the Enhancing Negotiation Skills for Women Course

    AWARD partnered with RUFORUM between September 13-16, 2016 to host a course on enhancing the negotiation skills of women in top management. AWARD’s Director, Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, kick-started the course with a discussion on the importance of empowering and teaching African women the significance of negotiations.

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  • AWARD at the African Green Revolution Forum, 2016

    This year’s African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) took place in Nairobi, Kenya from 5-9 August. The main focus was on the future of Africa, through agricultural transformation. AWARD participated in the week-long event and the Director, Dr Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, was the key speaker at one of the first panel sessions where her topic was on, “Building Leaders-Looking to the future, Women and Youth in Agriculture”.

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  • The John Innes Centre Receives its First AWARD Fellow

    Angela Eni Obiageli will be the first AWARD Fellow to undertake her Advanced Science Training with the John Innes Centre in Norwich, United Kingdom, following a recent partnership formed between AWARD and the institution.

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  • Applying the Gender Lens to Scientific Research

    Attending the Global Research Council Policy Conference in India was a life altering experience. The excitement and challenges it presented changed my view point about a lot of things in science.

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  • A passion for Building Leadership

    Pauline Bomett is passionate about reading, organising and working with people and this is manifested in how well she interacts with the colleagues and course participants during our courses.

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  • A Room Full of Dreams

    AWARD Trainers were participants at the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) Conference that was held in Nairobi. They introduced the participating scholars to effective communication skills in research. One of the trainers, Allan Bukusi, shares his experience.

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  • Two former AWARD mentors receive prestigious World Food Prize

    NAIROBI, Kenya - Two former AWARD mentors, Dr. Maria Andrade (Mozambique) and Dr. Jan Low (United States) of the International Potato Center, were recently awarded the 2016 World Food Prize for their pioneering work developing the orange-fleshed sweet potato.

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  • AWARD, RUFORUM, and LUANAR in Partnership to enable mid- level Research Managers Develop Leadership Skills

    AWARD, in partnership with RUFORUM, is holding a five-day leadership program titled “Leadership Program for Agricultural Research and Development (LEPARD)” targeting individuals from the Agricultural Research and Development (ARD) Sector.

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  • What AWARD staff had to say from their experience at the 2016 Progress Monitoring Meetings

    Kenneth Macharia: This was my first meeting and one of the things that impressed me as I interacted with the fellows, were the stories they shared about their various career journeys - the main highlight being the share-fair where fellows showcased the progress they had made since the start of their fellowships in terms of growth. I was also amazed by their confidence and public speaking skills.

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  • AWARD facilitates mentoring session for young women scholars

    Members of the AWARD community shared insights with Akili Dada scholars on the importance of mentorship and choosing agriculture as a career path. The six scientists served as panelists as 31 girls from different high schools listened keenly to their respective mentoring journeys. Akili Dada was founded by AWARD Director Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg 13 years ago and serves as a leadership incubator for young women who are passionate about driving change in their communities. This is what the scholars said after the encounter:

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  • AWARD Fellow wins L’Oreal UNESCO Research Fellowship

    Winning the L’Oréal UNESCO research fellowship amongst 12 young scientists in sub-Saharan Africa came as a pleasant surprise to me. I am particularly encouraged to be recognized and appreciated by L’Oréal UNESCO through its fellowship platform,” says Ifeoluwa Olotu, a PhD student at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Olotu won the award for her contribution in solving Africa’s food safety and security challenges. Olotu is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Her work is focused on creating a value chain for solid waste from cassava processing, through use of the waste as substrate to cultivate edible mushrooms.

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  • Celebrating the graduating class of AWARD Fellows

    It was pomp and color in Kampala and Accra, where 2014 and 2015 AWARD Fellows, and mentors met to report on their career, research, and personal development transformation, over the course of their two-year AWARD fellowship.

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  • From the mouths of fellows

    “Mentorship is both innate and external, acquired from ordinary people surrounding us in our day to day lives from family to school,” said Esther Kanduma, 2010 AWARD Fellow, during a mentorship assembly hosted by AWARD at the ICRAF campus on April 11, 2016. The meeting which was organized in partnership with the Akili Dada Fellowship Programme was attended by AWARD Fellows; Esther Kanduma, Regina Tende, Virginia Wangechi Wangondu, Sarah Akwabi Mukolwe, Naomi Keter Chelimo and fellow's mentee Doris Kemunto Nyamwaya. The six scientists served as panelists as 31 girls from different high schools listened keenly to their respective mentoring journeys. The participating schools were: Maryhill Girls High School, Loreto High School Limuru, Kenya High School and Precious Blood Secondary School, Riruta.

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  • International Women’s Day Celebrations

    AWARD in collaboration with World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), organized a weeklong series of events to commemorate this year’s International Women’s’ Day. The documentary “Taking Root” ushered in the festivities and was screened to coincide with Wangari Maathai Day which is observed on March 3. The documentary on Africa’s first female Nobel laureate shows the journey of a scientist turned political activist.

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  • Celebrating International Women’s Day: AWARD Director, Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg

    "I get hugely excited every time the International Women Day comes around. It’s the one day the world takes stock of its women and women take stock of themselves and more importantly, the world and women celebrate women.

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  • AWARD Fellow named 2016 Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Winner

    AWARD congratulates Mercy Wamalwa for being one of the 2016 Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) award winners. Wamalwa was recognized for her research, “Maximizing the potential for sustainable and durable resistance to the wheat yellow rust pathogen”. She describes this opportunity as a career defining moment and a motivation to excel.

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  • Advanced Science Training Program promoting learning and innovation

    AWARD has recorded a higher number of 2015 fellows participating in Advanced Science Training, with majority expressing interest to further their careers, though this unique program. “ASTs provide fellows with an opportunity to work in well-equipped institutions and laboratories under the supervision of renowned scientists. This is a coveted, competitive opportunity and up to 90% of eligible fellows applied,” explains Sheila Okoth, AWARD's Science Advisor. “The application form is tailored to capture the skills that the fellows would wish to acquire. Successful fellows are then matched with institutions according to their area of research/skill development. Apart from training, this is an opportunity to network, establish institutional collaboration, develop publications, and even joint grant applications.”

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  • Cabbage tree research lands mentor recognition

    “Winning the African Union Kwame Nkrumah prize means a lot to me. The award gives me a great feeling and validates my many years of my hard work,” says Yalemtsehay Mekonnen

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