Female agriculture scientists to revolutionise farming practices and rescue millions of citizens from hunger pangs (Africa Science News)


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Female Agriculture Scientists to Fuel Africa’s Agrarian Revolution

African must harness the potential of female agriculture scientists to revolutionise farming practices and rescue millions of citizens from hunger pangs.

Experts contend that African women contribute 70% of food produced yet they are grossly under-represented in research and policymaking as well as influential leadership positions in the agriculture sector.

An innovative professional development program funded by the Gates Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) however aims to strengthen research and leadership skills of female agriculture scientists to enable them contribute to food security in sub-Sahara Africa.

The African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) has been strengthening the capacity of African women scientists engaged in pro-poor and cutting edge research in agriculture since its inception in 2008.

So far, the AWARD programme has benefited 250 women across eleven countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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