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Sep 20, 2020
How are AWARD Fellows contributing to resilient food systems in the face of COVID-19?

The Coronavirus pandemic is expected to intensify an already alarming food crisis globally. While it is not yet known what or how the long-term effects will be, the short-term effects are already being witnessed, with some already posing harsh realities for the smallholder farmers. From the loss of jobs to curfews and lockdowns affecting major food markets, the smallholder farmers are already finding themselves in a bind. The biggest question that all actors across the agricultural research and development landscape are grappling with is how to cushion producers and to build their resilience. Through our Fellowships, we are equipping the top and next generation of African agricultural research scientists to better respond to the needs and priorities of a diversity of women and men across Africa’s agricultural value chains in the various contexts.

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