Since 2008, the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) has, through individually tailored two-year fellowships, reached more than 460 Fellows and worked with more than 350 mentors across Africa. This prolific network of researchers in agricultural research and development in different countries created through the AWARD Fellowship program, has resulted in creation of country chapters, comprising AWARD Alumni Fellows, Mentors, Mentees, and other individuals interested in driving the agenda for gender and agricultural research and development.
On September 13-16, 2017, the Nigeria country chapter, Nigerian Women in Agricultural Research and Development (NiWARD) held its fifth annual general meeting and national conference themed ‘Diversity and inclusiveness in agricultural transformation’. Held at Park Inn Radisson, Abeokuta, Nigeria on September 13-16, 2017, the conference brought together over 200 participants from universities, research institutes, and other AWARD country chapters.
AWARD Director, Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, while giving the keynote address at the event emphasized the role and importance of gender responsiveness in the growth of the African economy. “Embedding gender responsiveness in Africa’s agricultural research and development will allow us to understand the different distinct roles of men and women who are positioned differently across agricultural value chains and in turn build an agriculture sector that will not only feed all Africans, but one that can lift a majority of us out of poverty,” she noted.