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  • Apply now for AWARD's Women’s Leadership and Management Course in Colombo, Sri Lanka

    We are excited to announce our upcoming Women’s Leadership and Management Course in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The course is hosted by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and will take place September 30 – October 6, 2018. Comprised of women participants and trainers, the course provides a safe environment where participants can talk openly about the specific leadership challenges that women face, and encourages participants to explore responses that are sensitive to gender and diversity. Participants will focus on building leadership and managerial skills, including sustaining team performance, managing conflict, and creating alliances. Trainers will also work to tailor the course to the individual needs of participants so that they can work through specific challenges.

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  • The Day I Became a Fellow Mentee: How AWARD's Mentorship Program Offered Me A Ladder

    Pilirani Khoza is a forestry researcher at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources LUANAR, an advocate for women in agricultural research, and the founder of the Bunda Female Students Organisation (BUFESO) at LUNAR. Khoza is also a 2015 AWARD Fellow’s Mentee. In this blog post, Khoza shares with us how AWARD’s mentorship model instilled in her the confidence to set her goals higher, and helped her develop the skill set to achieve them.

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  • Call for consultants: Production of an impact report

    AWARD seeks a consultant(s) to conceptualize, analyze available data and information, write, design and produce a print-ready version of a publication highlighting AWARD’s achievements and impacts over the last ten years, the AWARD@10 report. The consultant (s) will also be required to produce an interactive online version of the report.

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  • Patching the Leaky Pipeline of Women in STEM: Which Way Africa?

    At a recent convening organized by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) and Rwanda’s National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) explored the links between basic research and development challenges in Africa, the role of a strong science-policy nexus and how to pragmatically fix the all too familiar leaky pipeline of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

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  • Advanced Science Training: A decade of strengthening the research skills of African women through global partnerships

    Before they can be effective agricultural research leaders, African women must first be scientists of uncompromising quality. As such, strengthening the scientific research skills of the fellows is a critical component of the AWARD Fellowship. Advanced Science Training (AST) is a key component of our efforts to strengthen African women's scientific research skills; AWARD Fellows are selected to participate in research placements with partner institutions around the world. AST placements are only open to the very best of our Post Masters’ and Post-Doctoral AWARD Fellows.

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  • MozAWARD undraped! AWARD welcomes another country chapter

    “Becuase women, especially in rural areas, are afraid of expressing their opinion on how to improve agricultural production for fear of questioning the authority of men, half of agricultural workers’ input and perspectives are omitted from the development of the agricultural sector in Mozambique”. Olivia Pedro, MozAWARD coordinator, lecturer and researcher at Eduardo Mondlane University

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  • New Video: Leveraging Traditional Knowledge For Lab-bred Solutions to Livestock Pests

    Pest infestation is a huge challenge that livestock keepers continuously face. Medicines for control and treatment of pest-related diseases are costly and sometimes inaccessible for most rural farmers. medicines for livestock can be costly and difficult to access for smallholder farmers in rural areas. A 2015 AWARD Fellow, Mwanaisha Mkangara, is building on traditional methods of pest control to develop more sustainable and accessible options for farmers. Using locally available herbal plants and her scientific skills, Mkangara has produced a cheaper and more accessible alternative method for livestock pest control.

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  • Leveraging Partnerships to Build the Science Skills of African Women Scientists

    African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and Agropolis Fondation recently took their partnership a notch higher when they launched a Pan-African AWARD Fellowship initiative. For close to a decade, 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 poverty alleviation, and food security in sub-Saharan Africa. The pan-African fellowship now expands this initiative into francophone Africa.

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  • Building a Networked Response to Improving Plant Health in Africa

    African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) joined other partners at the convening of the African Plant Health Initiative (APHI) on February 12-15, 2018 held in Kigali Rwanda

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  • AWARD partners with Agropolis Fondation as it spreads its wings into Francophone Africa

    On February 19,2018, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) signed a partnership agreement with Agropolis Fondation to support the implementation of the AWARD Pan-African Fellowship initiative. The AWARD Fellowships offer career-development opportunities to Africa's leading women agricultural scientists to ensure that a growing cohort of capable, confident, and influential African women scientists is available to lead critical advances and innovations for the continent's agricultural sector

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  • How can Africa reap all possible benefits from agricultural transformation?

    Agriculture currently accounts for 32% of Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP), making it Africa’s second-largest industrial sector. In countries such as Burundi, Burkina Faso, and Madagascar, more than 80% of the labor force works in agriculture. A Mckinsey Global study estimates that African agriculture will grow by 6% annually until 2030. Evidently, agriculture has the potential to transform Africa; but how can Africa reap all possible benefits from that transformation?

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  • How can we ensure that agricultural research and innovations do not widen the gender gap?

    Growth in farming will come from women and youth. How can we attract and support these individuals to ensure success? This was the focus of a session themed ‘Youth and Women are the Future of Farming’ at the Water for Food International Forum in Washington, D.C. in which Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg was the key speaker.

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  • Professor Idah Sithole-Niang, Former AWARD Steering Committee Chair, Elected World Academy of Sciences Fellow

    Early this year, former chairperson of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Steering Committee, Professor Idah Sithole-Niang was elected as a Fellow at the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). The only one from Zimbabwe, Professor Sithole-Niang was one of the 16 women out of the total 55 individuals who were elected as the 2018 TWAS Fellows. An outstanding agricultural scientist and a member of the Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences, professor Sithole-Niang served in the AWARD steering committee for nine years, between 2008 and 2016, five of which she was the chairperson.

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  • Winners of round 8 of AWARD Fellowship selected

    For close to a decade African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) through its flagship initiative, the AWARD Fellowship, has equipped women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their science and leadership skills. The AWARD Fellowship is a tailored career development program that focuses on fostering mentoring partnerships, building science skills, and developing leadership capacity.

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  • New US $15M fellowship program to support Africa’s adaptation to climate change launched

    December 12, 2017 at the One Planet Summit in Paris: The BNP Paribas Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in partnership with the Agropolis Foundation, and under the auspices of the French Ministry of Higher education, Research and Innovation, announced the creation of One Planet Fellowship, a $15 million 5-year program.

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  • Capacity fit to size: Tailoring training for different levels in agricultural research and development institutions

    As reflected in our new strategy 2017-2022, one of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)'s core programmatic activities is in Training. Through training, AWARD designs customized learning experiences focused on building the leadership, mentoring, scientific research and technical gender skills of the agricultural workforce and decision makers. As 2017 comes to an end, we reflect on a critical component of our strategy, institutional transformation. By aiming at individuals from targeted institutions, AWARD seeks to increase capacity within these targeted institutions to lead in scientific research as well as create a more gender-responsive workplace. The training courses are designed to customize learning experiences focused on building the leadership, mentoring, scientific research writing, and technical gender skills of Africa's agricultural workforce and decision makers.

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  • From Lab to Patent: Closing the gender gap in Intellectual Property

    On November 15-17, 2017, more than 200 participants in agricultural research and development including, research and small-scale entrepreneurs, gathered in Morocco for a conference that focused on innovations and intellectual property. The conference, on ‘Innovation and Intellectual Property as Engines for Competitive Agribusiness: Empowering Women Researchers and Entrepreneurs in Africa’ was led by the World Intellectual property Organisation (WIPO) together with partners including the Moroccan Office of Industrial and Commercial Property (OMPIC) and African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) among others.

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  • Scaling up for gender responsive agricultural research and development in Africa

    Recently, in July 2017, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) launched a new initiative that has now positioned it to scale up its contribution to agricultural research and development. The initiative, Gender Responsive Agricultural Research and Development (GRARD), seeks to support institutions to design research agendas that can drive sustainable and inclusive growth, by enhancing gender responsiveness within their research priorities and processes.

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  • Scaling the heights in research uptake: How a university professor taps into gendered participatory plant breeding for increased farmer adoption

    Earlier this October, Dr. Fetien Abay Abera, a 2010 African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Fellow and professor of Plant Breeding and Seed at Mekelle University, Ethiopia, was named as a the second runner-up for the Impact Research and Science in Africa (IMPRESSA) Award of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM).

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  • Kenyan Women in Agricultural Research and Development steps up to empower agricultural communities

    Monday, October 16, 2017, marked a day for celebration within the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) community. On that day, Kenyan Women in Agricultural Research and Development (Ke-AWARD), one of AWARD’s country chapters, held its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Business Pitch at the Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The event, attended by 32 participants representing different disciplines in agricultural research, marked a major milestone for Ke-AWARD. One of nine AWARD country chapters which serve to promote networking and research collaboration within the agricultural research and development community, Ke-AWARD held its first meeting in 2016, and currently has a membership of 48 women researchers drawn from past or present AWARD Fellows, Fellow mentees, and Mentors.

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  • AWARD’s Nigeria country chapter holds its fifth annual general meeting

    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.

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  • The AWARD career development fellowship expands into Francophone Africa

    The African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) has announced its expansion into Francophone Africa. At a Women in Agriculture reception dinner held on September 5, 2017, during the 2017 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, AWARD’s Director, launched the call for applications for top women scientists from Francophone Africa.

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  • AWARD Launches GRARD Initiative

    On Thursday, July 11, 2017, AWARD convened leaders from over 30 national agricultural research and development (ARD) organizations to launch Gender Responsive Agricultural Research and Development (GRARD), an initiative focused on delivering gender-responsive agricultural research and innovations that meet the needs and priorities of a diversity of both African women and men across the entire agricultural value chain.

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  • FARA and AWARD: Working Towards Gender Responsive Agricultural Research for Inclusive, Agriculture Driven Prosperity for Africa

    Opening Remarks from Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) at the Launch of AWARD’s GRARD initiative, 11th July, 2017.

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  • AWARD and Moi University Co-Host LEPARD Course

    Twenty-five mid-level and senior faculty and researchers from various universities and national agricultural research institutions (NARIs) in Kenya convened for AWARD’s Leadership Program for Agricultural Research and Development (LEPARD) course from June 5-9, 2017. AWARD partnered with Moi University’s School of Agriculture and Natural Resources to deliver the course and a special half-day gender seminar on June 9th.

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  • AWARD Launches Special Volume in the AgriGender Journal

    This special issue focuses on a range of approaches to build the scientific and leadership capacities of women scientists, the outcomes of these interventions, and methodologies for measuring women’s empowerment at this professional level.

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  • AWARD Welcomes John Innes Centre Scientist for Impact Study

    I am a postdoctoral scientist and international development coordinator focusing on people partnerships at the John Innes Centre (JIC). The first time I read the 2015 ‘Empowering African Women Scientists’ publication describing AWARD’s work was a significant moment. The program’s vision resonated so deeply with my principles and passion that I knew at once I wanted to learn all I could from the program’s inspiring staff and fellows.

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  • 2015 AWARD Fellows Graduate from Fellowship

    In February 2015, 71 African women scientists from across the continent were selected to receive the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Fellowship. This year, these same women met in Kampala, Uganda from May 7-9, 2017 to culminate their two-year Fellowships during the 2017 Progress Monitoring Meeting (PMM). Honourable Rhoda Peace Tumusiime of the African Union served as the keynote speaker for the event and encouraged fellows to continue innovating and collaborating to achieve food security in Africa.

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  • GAIA Accelerates Gender-Responsive Innovation Across the Continent

    Emboldened by the success of the first Gender in Agribusiness Investments for Africa (GAIA) AgTech Innovation Challenge for East Africa that took place in November 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, AWARD launched two more GAIA regional AgTech Innovation Challenges for North and West Africa and Southern and Central Africa in early April. AWARD partnered with the African Development Bank (AfDB), Intellecap and African Agribusiness Incubator’s Network (AAIN) to launch both events.

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  • GhaWARD Unveiled!

    Celebrations were abundant in Accra, Ghana, when African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Fellows, Mentors, and Fellow Mentees gathered to launch the Ghanaian Women in Agricultural Research and Development (GhaWARD) country chapter.

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  • AWARD and AAIN Sign an MoU

    African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and the African Agribusiness Incubator’s Network (AAIN) signed an agreement to collaborate on enhancing gender responsiveness across the agribusiness incubation sector on the continent.

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  • Hidden No Longer: AWARD and ICRAF Celebrate International Women’s Day

    For the second year in a row, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) partnered to celebrate International Women’s Day. AWARD and ICRAF held a two-day event at ICRAF’s Nairobi campus under the compelling theme: “Hidden Figures: Illuminating the STEM Contributions of Women.” One of the major highlights for the 2017 celebrations was a private viewing of the Academy Award-nominated film Hidden Figures, which tells the story of three African-American women who had a profound impact on the success of the United States’ space program in the 1960s.

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  • AWARD at SFSA 2016 Conference

    For the second year in a row, AWARD sent a contingent of fellows and fellow mentees to the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA 2016) conference. Twenty-seven women from various cohorts participated in the two-day conference that took place December 8-9, 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa.

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  • GAIA: A ‘market place’ for AgTech Innovation

    There was a wealth of talent and invention at AWARD’s inaugural boot camp that brought agricultural innovators from East Africa together. This team of diverse agricultural disruptors ushered in the launch of AWARD’s new initiative, Gender in Agribusiness Investments for Africa (GAIA). AWARD partnered with Intellecap, Centum, African Development Bank (AfDB) and UN Women to kick off the pilot program. Thirty-one innovators from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia convened in Nairobi, Kenya from the 8-10 November, 2016.

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  • Zambian Women in Agricultural Research and Development Launched

    On October 20, 2016, Zambian AWARD Fellows and mentors converged in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, to launch AWARD’s latest country chapter, the Zambian Women in Agricultural Research and Development (ZaWARD), at the Zambia Science Conference 2016 organized by the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). Other invited guests included: Chairperson of the Non-Governmental Organization Coordinating Committee, Sara Longwe and the Executive Director of the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institution and ZaWARD’s patron, Mr. Chance Kabaghe.

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  • AWARD Launches 2016 GAIA AgTech Innovation Challenge

    AWARD is proud to announce that Gender in Agribusiness Investments for Africa (GAIA) is now accepting applications from institutions and enterprises for the 2016 GAIA AgTech Innovation Challenge.

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  • AWARD hosts African Development Bank Vice President

    AWARD played host to Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, the Special Envoy on Gender and Vice President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and other representatives from the bank on September 21, 2016. The visit by the AfDB team was aimed at discussing the prospects of a potential partnership between the two institutions.

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  • AWARD and RUFORUM Co-host the Enhancing Negotiation Skills for Women Course

    AWARD partnered with RUFORUM between September 13-16, 2016 to host a course on enhancing the negotiation skills of women in top management. AWARD’s Director, Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, kick-started the course with a discussion on the importance of empowering and teaching African women the significance of negotiations.

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  • AWARD at the African Green Revolution Forum, 2016

    This year’s African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) took place in Nairobi, Kenya from 5-9 August. The main focus was on the future of Africa, through agricultural transformation. AWARD participated in the week-long event and the Director, Dr Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, was the key speaker at one of the first panel sessions where her topic was on, “Building Leaders-Looking to the future, Women and Youth in Agriculture”.

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  • The John Innes Centre Receives its First AWARD Fellow

    Angela Eni Obiageli will be the first AWARD Fellow to undertake her Advanced Science Training with the John Innes Centre in Norwich, United Kingdom, following a recent partnership formed between AWARD and the institution.

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  • Applying the Gender Lens to Scientific Research

    Attending the Global Research Council Policy Conference in India was a life altering experience. The excitement and challenges it presented changed my view point about a lot of things in science.

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  • A passion for Building Leadership

    Pauline Bomett is passionate about reading, organising and working with people and this is manifested in how well she interacts with the colleagues and course participants during our courses.

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  • A Room Full of Dreams

    AWARD Trainers were participants at the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) Conference that was held in Nairobi. They introduced the participating scholars to effective communication skills in research. One of the trainers, Allan Bukusi, shares his experience.

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  • Two former AWARD mentors receive prestigious World Food Prize

    NAIROBI, Kenya - Two former AWARD mentors, Dr. Maria Andrade (Mozambique) and Dr. Jan Low (United States) of the International Potato Center, were recently awarded the 2016 World Food Prize for their pioneering work developing the orange-fleshed sweet potato.

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  • AWARD, RUFORUM, and LUANAR in Partnership to enable mid- level Research Managers Develop Leadership Skills

    AWARD, in partnership with RUFORUM, is holding a five-day leadership program titled “Leadership Program for Agricultural Research and Development (LEPARD)” targeting individuals from the Agricultural Research and Development (ARD) Sector.

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  • What AWARD staff had to say from their experience at the 2016 Progress Monitoring Meetings

    Kenneth Macharia: This was my first meeting and one of the things that impressed me as I interacted with the fellows, were the stories they shared about their various career journeys - the main highlight being the share-fair where fellows showcased the progress they had made since the start of their fellowships in terms of growth. I was also amazed by their confidence and public speaking skills.

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  • AWARD facilitates mentoring session for young women scholars

    Members of the AWARD community shared insights with Akili Dada scholars on the importance of mentorship and choosing agriculture as a career path. The six scientists served as panelists as 31 girls from different high schools listened keenly to their respective mentoring journeys. Akili Dada was founded by AWARD Director Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg 13 years ago and serves as a leadership incubator for young women who are passionate about driving change in their communities. This is what the scholars said after the encounter:

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  • AWARD Fellow wins L’Oreal UNESCO Research Fellowship

    Winning the L’Oréal UNESCO research fellowship amongst 12 young scientists in sub-Saharan Africa came as a pleasant surprise to me. I am particularly encouraged to be recognized and appreciated by L’Oréal UNESCO through its fellowship platform,” says Ifeoluwa Olotu, a PhD student at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Olotu won the award for her contribution in solving Africa’s food safety and security challenges. Olotu is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Her work is focused on creating a value chain for solid waste from cassava processing, through use of the waste as substrate to cultivate edible mushrooms.

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  • Celebrating the graduating class of AWARD Fellows

    It was pomp and color in Kampala and Accra, where 2014 and 2015 AWARD Fellows, and mentors met to report on their career, research, and personal development transformation, over the course of their two-year AWARD fellowship.

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  • From the mouths of fellows

    “Mentorship is both innate and external, acquired from ordinary people surrounding us in our day to day lives from family to school,” said Esther Kanduma, 2010 AWARD Fellow, during a mentorship assembly hosted by AWARD at the ICRAF campus on April 11, 2016. The meeting which was organized in partnership with the Akili Dada Fellowship Programme was attended by AWARD Fellows; Esther Kanduma, Regina Tende, Virginia Wangechi Wangondu, Sarah Akwabi Mukolwe, Naomi Keter Chelimo and fellow's mentee Doris Kemunto Nyamwaya. The six scientists served as panelists as 31 girls from different high schools listened keenly to their respective mentoring journeys. The participating schools were: Maryhill Girls High School, Loreto High School Limuru, Kenya High School and Precious Blood Secondary School, Riruta.

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  • International Women’s Day Celebrations

    AWARD in collaboration with World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), organized a weeklong series of events to commemorate this year’s International Women’s’ Day. The documentary “Taking Root” ushered in the festivities and was screened to coincide with Wangari Maathai Day which is observed on March 3. The documentary on Africa’s first female Nobel laureate shows the journey of a scientist turned political activist.

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  • Celebrating International Women’s Day: AWARD Director, Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg

    "I get hugely excited every time the International Women Day comes around. It’s the one day the world takes stock of its women and women take stock of themselves and more importantly, the world and women celebrate women.

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  • AWARD Fellow named 2016 Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Winner

    AWARD congratulates Mercy Wamalwa for being one of the 2016 Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) award winners. Wamalwa was recognized for her research, “Maximizing the potential for sustainable and durable resistance to the wheat yellow rust pathogen”. She describes this opportunity as a career defining moment and a motivation to excel.

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  • Advanced Science Training Program promoting learning and innovation

    AWARD has recorded a higher number of 2015 fellows participating in Advanced Science Training, with majority expressing interest to further their careers, though this unique program. “ASTs provide fellows with an opportunity to work in well-equipped institutions and laboratories under the supervision of renowned scientists. This is a coveted, competitive opportunity and up to 90% of eligible fellows applied,” explains Sheila Okoth, AWARD's Science Advisor. “The application form is tailored to capture the skills that the fellows would wish to acquire. Successful fellows are then matched with institutions according to their area of research/skill development. Apart from training, this is an opportunity to network, establish institutional collaboration, develop publications, and even joint grant applications.”

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  • Cabbage tree research lands mentor recognition

    “Winning the African Union Kwame Nkrumah prize means a lot to me. The award gives me a great feeling and validates my many years of my hard work,” says Yalemtsehay Mekonnen

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