AWARD, Agropolis Inaugurates First cohort of One Planet Fellowship, a US$19.2M Initiative for Agri-Scientists in Africa, Europe
African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) in collaboration with France’s Agropolis Fondation have inaugurated the first cohort of the One Planet Fellowship, ahead of the upcoming Climate Action Summit 2019.
A US$19.2 million initiative, the One Planet Fellowship, is investing in 630 African and European agricultural scientists by building a vibrant, highly connected, and intergenerational network of African and European scientist leaders equipped to lead research focused on helping Africa’s smallholder farmers adapt to a changing climate.
The first group of 45 young African researchers from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, and Zambia were selected from a pool of 1,523 applicants. These high-potential scientists will participate in a three-year career development program that will equip them with scientific research, gender analysis, and leadership skills while connecting them to a global community of climate change researchers.
In a departure from tradition, the One Planet Fellowship will offer an opportunity for African scientists to mentor emerging European scientists who will gain insights on African research priorities and valuable exposure to the context and conditions within which scientific research is conducted in Africa.
“Climate change continues to devastate crop production and supply chains undermining poverty eradication and food security efforts across Africa. Scientific research is critical to helping our communities adapt and Kenya is proud to be the home of the AWARD program which is hosted at the World Agroforestry,” noted Dr Oscar Mugenyi, Director of Research and Innovation at the Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya.
“Climate change has been proven to impact African women and youth disproportionately so the One Planet Fellowship will pay particular attention to building scientists’ gender analysis skills. We anticipate that the gender-responsive climate adaptation solutions developed by the One Planet Laureates will have the added impact of helping bridge the gender gap that currently exists in Africa’s agricultural sector,” said Wanjiru during the launch attended by high level guests including the European Union delegation to Kenya and Canada’s International Development Research Center (IDRC).
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