The call for the second cohort of the Fellowship which closed on March 31, 2020 attracted 903 applications from 14 African countries (Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, and Zambia). Applications received from the six anglophone countries totaled 546, while those received from the eight francophone countries were 357.
As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 disease, the pandemic-induced economic impacts of the COVID-19 disease are increasingly becoming imminent, with significant sectors such as agriculture facing severe distractions. While a significantly colossal focus has been diverted toward supporting the health sector and strengthening the health systems, including health research and development, the agricultural value chains and food systems are calling for attention in the face of these unprecedented challenges.
There is an urgent need to invest in building local research and development capacity to enable countries to address challenges of their food systems, including the production, transportation, storage and, nutrition aspects, all of which ultimately have a bearing on the health systems. We need intensified efforts to support agricultural value chains which, face more pressure from climate change-related shocks. That is why the One Planet Fellowship is investing in catalyzing research partnerships and networks and will connect African scientists with European scientists to provide valuable exposure for contextualization of climate change research in Africa.
The selection process for 45 candidates from the pool of 903 applicants, who will form the second cohort of the One Planet Fellowship, has now commenced and is expected to conclude in the next four months.
We shall announce the selected candidates here in due time.
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