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. AWARD invests 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.
2018 marks a decade since the inception of AWARD. During the 10 years of its existence, through its flagship initiative- the AWARD Fellowship, AWARD has strengthened the science, leadership, and mentoring skills of 1,158 scientists from 16 African countries. Out of these, 465 are outstanding women scientists who have benefited as AWARD Fellows and who embody the full potential of the innovative career development program.
In November 2018, AWARD will celebrate a decade of huge investments in building a critical mass of capable, confident, and influential women scientists available to lead critical advances and innovations for the agricultural sector and highlight the tremendous impact this initiative has had not just on the individual scientists, but also on the agricultural research and development landscape in Africa.