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.
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.
AWARD Fellows at SFSA 2016
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
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. http://womeninscienceday.org/
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 fellowship. Read More