AWARD is a professional development program that strengthens 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. AWARD Fellows from 11 countries and a wide variety of disciplines conduct agricultural research that benefits smallholder farmers, especially women.
AWARD helps women scientists to build their technical skills in several ways.
First, AWARD offers courses to equip participants to write and edit scientific papers for peer review, and gain the technical skills required for effective research proposal writing in order to raise funds for their research. Each course contains a component on gender issues in agricultural R&D.
Secondly, AWARD offers fellows the opportunity to compete for advanced science training placements at internationally recognized research institutions. AWARD also supports fellows to attend science conferences to present their papers and posters. Such training and support helps prepare scientists to produce the technological innovations and advances required for positive, sustainable impacts in agricultural R&D in Africa.
Recent data on the first two rounds of fellows (2008 - 2010) reveals that 83 percent improved scientific skills and access to resources, contacts and opportunities. AWARD Fellows’ publication record almost doubled. Growing positive reputation led to promotions, with the majority making significant career changes within the sector. Almost half (48%) received other awards, such as scholarships and grants.
AWARD is proud to feature the research published by our fellows.