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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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