Kudos to Southern African women agricultural scientists

Kudos to Southern African women agricultural scientists

NEPAD’s Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) would like to congratulate 16 women from the Southern African region who won the 2015 African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) fellowship. 16 of 70 fellowships were shared among three countries from the SADC region namely Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia. Seven beneficiaries come from Malawi, Mozambique bagged five fellowships, and four fellowships went to Zambia. Below is a breakdown of the beneficiaries:

Beneficiaries from Malawi

Veronica Guwela, MSc, Crop Science

Pauline Kalumikiza, BSc, Extension Education

Zione Kalumikiza, MSc, Food Science and Nutrition

Mphangera Kamanga, BSc, Agronomy

Elizabeth Magombo, BSc, Agricultural economics

Catherine Mloza Banda, BSc, Extension Education

Maggie Phiri, BSc, Molecular Biology

Beneficiaries from Mozambique

Melvis Celeste Cossa, MSc, Molecular Biology

Ana Paula Laita Nguluve, BSc, Food Science and Nutrition

Maluleque Ivete, MSc, Forestry and Agroforestry

Marcia Maposse, BSc, Agronomy

Olivia Carolina Pedro, PhD, Veterinary Science

Beneficiaries from Zambia

Bridget Bwalya, PhD, Natural Resources Management

Belinda Kaninga, MSc, Soil Science

Felicitas Mukumbo, MSc, Animal and Livestock Sciences

Zombe Kapata Nalupya, BSc, Agronomy

AWARD is a career-development program that equips top women agricultural 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 Fellows benefit from a two-year career-development program focused on fostering mentoring partnerships, building science skills, and developing leadership capacity, the fellowships are awarded on the basis of intellectual merit, leadership capacity, and the potential of the scientist's research to improve the daily lives of smallholder farmers, especially women.

AWARD Fellows share a common vision: they want to translate their research and knowledge into tangible action, tangible action that will benefit smallholder farmers—especially laudable in 2015, the African Union’s Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063.

NEPAD SANBio welcomes this development especially because sub-Saharan Africa has a relatively low number of female researchers in science and agriculture. The network would like to encourage more women to participate in these initiatives.

More information on the AWARD Fellowships can be found on www.awardfellowships.org