AWARD Strategy 2017 – 2022

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) works toward inclusive,agriculture-driven prosperity for Africa 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.

AWARD was founded in 2008 as a career-development program that sought to widen the pipeline of capable, influential African women scientists in leadership. Since our founding, we have significantly expanded in our vision and mission, which are anchored on three pillars that guide the execution of our current strategy:

Pillar 1: We seek to have capable, confident, and influential individuals lead critical advances and innovations in the agricultural research and development (ARD) sector. We will continue to invest in high-achieving African scientists and to build the continent’s pool of talented innovators.

Pillar 2: We will support African ARD institutions to prioritize and embrace gender responsiveness in both policy and practice. We will work with selected partner institutions 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.

Pillar 3: We will work to ensure that gender responsiveness becomes an embedded cultural norm and practice in the African ARD sector by building an enabling environment for gender responsiveness. We will continue to focus on increasing the visibility of women scientists and leaders, generating and curating compelling evidence on the value of gender responsiveness in ARD. We will also work to transform the growing awareness of gender issues into policies, programs,and accountability mechanisms.

Director’s message

Dear AWARD friends and partners,

On behalf of the Steering Committee and staff team at AWARD, I am excited to share with you the AWARD Strategy 2017-2022.

AWARD’s new strategy is informed by numerous consultations with partners and other sector stakeholders as well as a rigorous review of M&E data from the last 9 years of the AWARD Fellowship. Thank you for walking this journey with us and for the gift of your feedback and wisdom throughout the process.

Our new strategy captures the scale of AWARD’s ambition through our refreshed vision and mission statements. The document also details the programmatic activities we intend to engage in from 2017 to 2022. Allow me to draw particular attention to the document’s executive summary which succinctly captures the highlights of the strategy.

Now that AWARD is growing beyond our flagship fellowship and work to build more gender-responsive agricultural research institutions and agribusinesses, I’m eager to explore ways that we can grow our collaboration with our partners.

In what ways would you like to partner with AWARD as, together, we work toward inclusive agriculture-driven prosperity for Africa?

My team and I are excited to hear from you.

Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg
Director, AWARD


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