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The Role of African Women in Agriculture: A Competition for African Journalists

Sponsored by African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) in cooperation with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) & the Sixth Africa Agriculture Science Week (“Africa Feeding Africa through Agricultural Science and Innovation,” July 15-20, 2013, Accra, Ghana)

Are you a journalist with a passion for reporting stories about agricultural science and technology? Enter this competition to win an all-expense paid trip to Accra, Ghana to participate in the Sixth Africa Agriculture Week.

The competition calls for the submission of a written article or radio feature on one of two themes outlined below. A judging panel chosen by AWARD will appraise the entries, and two winners (one print/web-based, one radio) will be awarded fully funded attendance at the Sixth Africa Agriculture Science Week, including travel costs, accommodation, per diem, and registration fees, in recognition of their journalistic achievement.

Competition Themes
Based on interviews with women in agricultural science, smallholder farmers, and other related experts/sources, your journalistic piece should correspond to one of the following themes:

1. Women-to-women agriculture: How are African women agricultural scientists contributing to Africa feeding Africa, through the development of new technologies and methodologies, as well as innovative ways of getting information to the continent’s smallholder farmers, most of whom are women? (Reference to at least one AWARD Fellow or AWARD Mentor should be included in the final article/radio feature.)

2. Mentoring a new generation: How are AWARD Fellows working with their AWARD Mentors to make the most of their potential as women scientists? In what different ways does having a mentor benefit a scientist, and how does being an AWARD Fellow help women scientists progress in a male-dominated profession? Are there particular advantages to investing in women scientists, and how does this boost the quality of agricultural science in Africa as a whole?

Download the full announcement with competition entry requirements.

About Africa Agricultural Science Week

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) will host the Sixth Africa Agriculture Science Week from July 15-20, 2013 in Accra, Ghana. Held every three years, the event will bring together African and non-African institutions involved in African agricultural research and development, including research and educational institutions, national agricultural research systems, international agricultural research centers, NGOs, policy makers, the private sector, and many more. The central theme of the 2013 event is “Africa Feeding Africa through Agricultural Science and Innovation.”

For more information, visit: fara-africa.org/scienceweek/

About AWARD

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) is a career-development program that equips top women scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills, through tailored fellowships. AWARD is a catalyst for innovations with high potential to contribute to the prosperity and well-being of African smallholder farmers, most of whom are women.

AWARD believes that critical advances and innovations in agricultural development for Africa are led and enriched by the contributions of capable, confident, and influential African women. We aim to see the agricultural research and development sector demonstrating increasing responsiveness to the needs and contributions of African women.

Launched in 2008, AWARD has provided two-year fellowships to 320 African women scientists from 11 countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia). This year, in partnership with CORAF/WECARD and Agropolis Fondation, AWARD launched a francophone pilot program benefiting five women agricultural scientists in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal. The program focuses on mentoring partnerships, science skills, and leadership development.

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. For more information, please visit: awardfellowships.org.

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