What is AWARD? Why AWARD? Meet the AWARD Fellows
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“As a result of my work I have seen the  income levels of women increase and this has made it easier for them to pay their children’s school fees.”   Mphatso Chapotera AWARD Fellow.

AWARD Fellows and Mentors from Mozambique posing for a photo during the 2015 Mentoring Orientation Workshop held in Nairobi, Kenya. From left: Ana Paula Nguluve (fellow), a Food Quality Control Technician at the Department of Nutrition and Food, Melvis Celeste Cossa (fellow), a Researcher at the Mozambique Agriculture Research Institute (IIAM), Italia Francelina e Sousa Cossa (mentor), also a Reasearcher at IIAM and Carla Maria Menezes (mentor), the Head of Toxicology and Nutrition Laboratory and Head of Statistical and Experimental design Department, Directorate of Animal Science on Agrarian Research at IIAM.

AWARD Fellow Ibilola Ikotun from Nigeria, a Research Officer I at the Nigerian Stored Product Research Institute with her mentor, Lucia Omobolanle Ogunsumi, an Associate Professor at the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ibadan.

2015 AWARD Fellowship Laureates from left: Juliana Mandha (Uganda), Ifeoluwa Olotu (Nigeria) and Ngozi Linda Edoh (Nigeria), attending the Mentoring Orientation Workshop, being held in Nairobi, Kenya. The three are among 70 winners from 11 African countries across Africa out of 1,109 applicants who applied to participate in the two-year career-development program for top women agricultural scientists.

AWARD is training today’s scientists to become tomorrow’s leaders. AWARD Fellows are bringing agricultural research to those who need it most: smallholder farmers.

AWARD Fellow Mary Njenga, a post-doctoral fellow researching bioenergy at the World Agroforestry Centre, is developing briquette technology as an inexpensive and environmentally friendly source of fuel. Njenga will speak during an AWARD panel session on October 15 at the African Conference of Science Journalists. Photo: Tabitha Obara/ICRAF

AWARD Director Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg speaks about investing in female scientists to feed  Africa in this video interview with SciDev.net.

While receiving the award certificate, Onadipe thanked the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences, who sponsored the prize.

The conference, featuring the theme Food Security, Health and Impact Knowledge Brokering, was held from June 22-24 at the University of Leeds, U.K. The conference goal was to demonstrate and share lessons on how to translate research results into impact on food security and human health in sub-Saharan Africa.