About AWARD

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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.

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Investing in the next generation of African scientists addressing climate change


On September 16, 2019, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) in collaboration with France’s Agropolis Fondation inaugurated the first cohort of the One Planet Fellowship consisting of 45 outstanding scientists working on a wide range of agricultural research topics.


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Institutionalizing Mentoring to Enhance Leadership Capacity in African Agricultural Research Institutions

Mentoring is a proven and powerful driver for both career growth and institutional development. It provides a holistic approach to the career development goals of the mentee by focusing on the mentee’s whole life-work system.


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GoFoWiSeR 2019

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The Global Forum on Women in Scientific Research (GoFoWiSeR) convening held on July 18 and 19, 2019 in Dakar, Senegal, was a global conversation that brought together over 200 participants including leaders of research institutions, research funders, female scientists and other stakeholders. The convening provided a valuable opportunity to catalyze new connections and strengthen the network of actors and advocates working to increase the numbers and improve the experiences of women in scientific research. View Event Site

AWARD@10

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The year 2018 was exciting for African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) as we marked a decade since the founding of our flagship initiative, the AWARD Fellowship. At a one-day event which was held in Nairobi at the Trademark hotel, more than 300 participants including leading international actors in the field of agricultural research and development convened to discuss the gains made in advancing inclusivity and how to accelerate these. Participants were drawn from the universities, international research institutions, government bodies, donors and global non-governmental organizations. The Guest of Honor was Her Excellency, Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, a leading biodiversity scientist and the sixth President of Mauritius. View Event Site