The latest news and highlights from AWARD
2016 in Review

2016 has been an eventful year for AWARD. We have the pleasure of sharing with you events that we have participated in, gatherings we have hosted, partnerships we have developed, and the achievements of the AWARD Fellows and Mentors.

AWARD Fellows at SFSA 2016

Binta Iliyasu (left), a 2014 AWARD Fellow from Nigeria, and Yvette Ampaire, a 2015 AWARD Fellow Mentee from Uganda, at the Science Forum South Africa 2016 Conference.

For the second year in a row, AWARD sent a contingent of fellows and fellow mentees to the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA 2016) conference. Twenty-seven women from various cohorts participated in the two-day conference that took place December 8-9, 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa. Read More 

AWARD Steering Committee Update

AWARD Steering Committee members from left: Roseemma Mamaa Entsua-Mensah, Christine Larson-Luhila, Oliver Oliveros, Jemimah Njuki, Katherine Kahn, Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Frans Swanepoel, and Sanni Lateef. Not pictured: Karen Duca

In early November, AWARD's Steering Committee gathered in Nairobi  to determine AWARD's path as the organization moves into its next phase. AWARD said goodbye to three Steering Committee members who have served since AWARD's inception: Dr. Marie Rarieya, Dr. Peter Matlon, and former chair Dr. Idah Sithole-Niang. In their places, AWARD is pleased to welcome Dr. Frans Swanepoel of the University of Pretoria, Christine Larson-Luhila, ICRAF's Human Resources Director, and Dr. Sanni Lateef of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. 

Igniting AgTech Innovations

The 2016 GAIA AgTech Innovation Challenge participants and judges.  

There was a wealth of talent and invention at AWARD’s inaugural boot camp that brought agricultural innovators from East Africa together. This team of diverse agricultural disruptors ushered in the launch of AWARD’s new initiative, Gender in Agribusiness Investments for Africa (GAIA). Read More

ZaWARD Launch

Zambian AWARD alumnae and guests attend the ZaWARD launch in Lusaka, Zambia.

On October 20, 2016, Zambian AWARD Fellows and Mentors met together in Lusaka, to launch AWARD’s latest country chapter, the Zambian Women in Agricultural Research and Development (ZaWARD), at the Zambia Science Conference 2016 organized by the National Science and Technology Council. Invited guests included: Ms. Sara Longwe, Chairperson of the Non-Governmental Organization Coordinating Committee and Mr. Chance Kabaghe, the Executive Director of the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institution and ZaWARD’s patron. Read More

The John Innes Centre Receives its First AWARD Fellow 

Dr. Obiageli with Dr. Lomonssoff at the John Innes Centre

Dr. Angela Eni Obiageli is the first AWARD Fellow to undertake her Advanced Science Training with the John Innes Centre in Norwich, United Kingdom, following a recent partnership between AWARD and the institution. The John Innes Centre is an independent international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology. Read More

AWARD Mentors Win World Food Prize

AWARD Deputy Director Dorothy Mukhebi and AWARD Director Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg celebrate AWARD Mentors Dr. Maria Andrade and Dr. Jan Low.

Two former AWARD mentors, Dr. Maria Andrade (Mozambique) and Dr. Jan Low (United States) of the International Potato Center, were recently awarded the 2016 World Food Prize for their pioneering work developing the orange-fleshed sweet potato. Together with their counterpart, Dr. Robert Mwanga of Uganda and Howarth Bouis whose research organization Harvest Plus works on “biofortification” of crops they were recognised for the development and implementation of biofortification, breeding critical vitamins and micronutrients into staple crops, dramatically reducing “hidden hunger” for millions. Read More

AWARD and Akili Dada Partner to Empower School Girls  

Akili Dada scholars after spending the day with AWARD at the World Agroforestry Centre Campus.

Members of the AWARD community shared insights with Akili Dada scholars on the importance of mentorship and choosing agriculture as a career path. The six scientists served as panelists as 31 girls from different high schools listened keenly to their respective mentoring journeys. Akili Dada was founded by AWARD Director Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg 13 years ago and serves as a leadership incubator for young women who are passionate about driving change in their communities. Read More

International Women's Day        

Panelists from AWARD's International Women's Day celebrations plant a tree to commemorate the day.

AWARD in collaboration with World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) organized a week-long series of events to commemorate this year’s International Women’s’ Day.

The documentary “Taking Root” ushered in the festivities and was screened to coincide with Wangari Maathai Day which is observed on March 3. The documentary on Africa’s first female Nobel laureate shows the journey of a scientist turned political activist. Read More

Day of Women and Girls in Science     

AWARD Fellows participate in the #IAmSTEM movement.

As part of the Day of Women and Girls in Science, AWARD encouraged fellows and mentors to celebrate their contributions to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)  with the #IAmSTEM campaign. Fellows  from AWARD countries celebrated their research and highlighted the need to continue empowering women in STEM fields to increase the overall prosperity of Africa. This was AWARD's inaugural celebration of the day.

AWARD Fellow named 2016 Jeanie Borlaug Laube WIT Winner 

Mercy Wamalwa in the field in Kenya.

AWARD congratulates Mercy Wamalwa for being one of the 2016 Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) award winners. Wamalwa was recognized for her research, “Maximizing the potential for sustainable and durable resistance to the wheat yellow rust pathogen”. She describes this opportunity as a career defining moment and a motivation to excel. Read More

Goodbye Class of 2014

AWARD Fellows from the Class of 2014 celebrate the completion of their two-year fellowships in Kampala and Accra.

It was pomp and color in Kampala and Accra, where 2014 and 2015 AWARD Fellows, and mentors met to report on their career, research, and personal development transformation, over the course of their two-year AWARD fellowshipRead More


Gender Materials

Special Issue: Gender Perspectives in Resilience, Vulnerability, and Adaptation  to Global Environmental Change
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Upcoming Conferences

AGCO Africa Summit
Berlin, Germany
January 23, 2017
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Argus FMB Africa Fertilizer Conference
Cape Town, South Africa
Feburary 15-17, 2017
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African Plant Breeding Academy
University of California, Davis
Registration Deadline: January 27, 2017
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ICABR 2017 Conference
University of California, Berkeley
May 31 - June 2, 2017
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2017
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2017
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Fellowship Opportunities

Innovation Prize for  Africa
Deadline: January 3, 2017
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2017 TechWomen Fellowship
Deadline: January 17, 2017
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New Einstein Forum Fellowship
Deadline: January 27, 2017
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IMMANA Fellowship
Deadline: February 1, 2017
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CAS-TWAS President's PhD Fellowship Programme
Deadline: March 31, 2017
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Job Opportunities

IITA Deputy Director General 
Deadline: December 20, 2016
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Executive Director for the African Academy of Sciences
Deadline: December 23, 2016
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Centre for Development Research Director
Deadline: December 28, 2016
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AWARD is generously supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United States Agency for International Development, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, and Agropolis Fondation.
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