UNCATEGORIZED – Media competition to focus on African women in agriculture

Media competition to focus on African women in agriculture

Journalists from sub-Saharan Africa are invited to submit original print or radio features that highlight the role of African women in agriculture to a competition that could win them a place at the African Agricultural Science Week in Ghana.

The competition is sponsored by African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) in cooperation with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).

Entries close on Friday 7 June 2013 and two winners will be chosen on the basis of the originality, quality, creativity and colour of their pieces to attend FARA’s African Agriculture Science Week from 15-20 July in Accra, Ghana. The theme of the week is Africa Feeding Africa through Agricultural Science and Innovation.The top five selected pieces in each category will be published and promoted regionally, internationally and on the AWARD website.

Entries are invited which include interviews with women in agricultural science, smallholder farmers, and related experts and sources around two main themes: women to women agriculture; and mentoring a new generation.

The African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) programme, which is hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre, provides leadership and scientific support to women in sub-Saharan countries.

Women make up the majority of people producing, processing marketing Africa’s food but only one in four agricultural researchers is female and only one in seven, holds a leadership position in African agricultural research institutions.

The fellowships offered by the AWARD programme provide female scientists with courses on leadership and management, science skills and proposal writing. The awardees also partner with senior scientists as mentors

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