Three women scientists, fellows of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), are among the 12 finalists in the Africa-wide Women in Science Competition, organized by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). Winners will be announced during FARA’s triennial Africa Agriculture Science Week in Accra, Ghana. The contest theme is “Feeding 1 billion in Africa in a Changing World.”
AWARD Fellow Dr. Florence Lubwama Kiyimba, a Program Leader and Head of the Agricultural Engineering and Appropriate Technology Centre at the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), presented her PhD thesis “Labour-Saving Tools for Women: The Forage Chopper for Smallholder Dairy Farmers in Uganda” for the competition.
AWARD Fellow Njeri Njau, a master’s student at Kenyatta University, submitted her paper on “A Macropropagation Technique to Produce Healthy and Cost Effective Banana Seedlings in Eastern and Central Kenya.”
AWARD Pilot Program Fellow Dr. Jolly Mary Kabirizi of Uganda’s National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI) under NARO, wrote on “Climate Change Technologies for Improved Livelihoods of Smallholder Crop Livestock Farmers in Eastern and Central Africa Region.”
“We are very proud of these remarkable women scientists—critical thinkers in the challenge to feed Africa’s billion people,” said Vicki Wilde, AWARD Director. Wilde will be speaking at the FARA meeting on July 19th on gender-responsive innovations for agricultural productivity.
The three finalists report that AWARD’s two-year career-development fellowship program has enhanced their leadership and science skills, empowering them to use their research to contribute more effectively to the prosperity and well-being of African smallholder farmers.
The call for applications for the 2014 AWARD Fellowships is now open. To date, AWARD has received applications from almost 3,000 women from the 11 eligible countries for a total of 320 available fellowships. “We are anticipating an even greater number of applications from top African agricultural scientists this year,” said Wilde. The deadline for applications is August 9, 2013.
Blogpost by Judith Olang, Communications Officer, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD).