African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) works toward inclusive, agriculture-driven prosperity for the African continent by strengthening the production and dissemination of more gender-responsive agricultural research and innovation. We invest in African scientists, research institutions, and agribusinesses so that they can deliver agricultural innovations that better respond to the needs and priorities of a diversity of women and men across Africa’s agricultural value chains.
Since 2008, AWARD has, through individually tailored two-year fellowships, worked to strengthen the research and leadership skills of African women in agricultural science, empowering them to contribute more effectively to alleviating poverty and increasing food security in sub-Saharan Africa.



AWARD envisions a robust, resilient, and gender responsive agricultural innovation system working to drive prosperity and food and nutrition security for Africa. We invest in African scientists and institutions so that they can deliver innovative, sustainable, gender-responsive agricultural research and development for the continent. Our 2017-2022 strategy focuses on three key components:


Through our 2-year career development fellowship, AWARD invests in the leadership, mentoring, and scientific research skills of high-achieving African women scientists to ensure that capable, confident, and influential African women scientists are available to lead critical advances and innovations in agricultural research and development for the continent.


We support African agricultural research institutions to prioritize and embrace gender responsiveness in both policy and practice. Working with select institutions, we partner to grow their capacity for gender responsive agricultural research by leveraging the talents of gender-diverse research teams, and by strengthening gender prioritization in research design, implementation, and dissemination. Supporting the agribusiness sector become more gender responsive ensures that once it is produced, gender responsive research is disseminated and scaled up in ways that retain the focus on bridging the gender gap in African agriculture.

Enabling environment

We are working to ensure that gender responsiveness becomes a norm embedded in the culture and practice of African agricultural research by building an enabling environment for gender responsiveness. We focus on increasing the visibility of women scientists and leaders, generating and curating the evidence base on gender responsiveness in agricultural research, and working to transform the growing awareness of gender issues into policies, programs, and accountability mechanisms.

African Institutions Engaged
African Scientists Empowered
Researchers Trained