AWARD fellowships: Empowering African women in agriculture science, policy

Mentor Alice Kamaw and mentee Isabel Wagara worked together in an AWARD workshop in Kenya last October. AWARD allows African female graduates in agricultural science to pursue their studies for the benefit of their own communities. Photo by: CGIAR

For centuries, women have ensured nourishment for men and children in Africa’s rural communities by choosing nourishing crops, breeding their seeds and farming them. They have played a crucial role in agriculture across the continent, both as a source of workforce and guardians of traditional knowledge.

Yet, women’s presence in agricultural science and technology remains considerably low, as well as their power to influence policy and market trends.

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  • Tiziana Cauli

    Tiziana has contributed to Devex News since mid-2008, focusing mainly on Africa as well as the European donor landscape, especially those in Brussels, Rome and Barcelona. Tiziana has worked as a journalist for Reuters and the Associated Press in Johannesburg and at Reuters in Milan and Paris. She is fluent in Italian, English, French and Spanish.