Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Nigerian Women Lead 2015 Fellowships for 70 Top African Women Agricultural Scientists

AWARD Fellow Dr. Adedokun Modupeola Olutayo.

Young Nigerian women lead 2015 AWARD fellowships for 70 top African women agricultural scientists from 11 countries.

Out of the 70 winners of this year’s fellowship, 10 had prior experience within the AWARD Fellowship as junior mentees to AWARD Fellows, with four having applied for the fellowship at least once before:

2015 AWARD Fellowship Laureates from left: Juliana Mandha (Tanzania), Ifeoluwa Olotu (Nigeria) and Ngozi Edoh (Nigeria), attending the Mentoring Orientation Workshop, being held in Nairobi, Kenya. The three are among 70 winners from 11 countries across Africa out of 1,109 applicants who applied to participate in the two-year career-development program for top women agricultural scientists.

Ngozi Edoh, a Research Scientist at the National Root Crops Research Institute Umudike in Abia State of Nigeria is currently focused on biosafety research and genetic improvement of root and tuber crops.

Belinda Kaninga, a soil scientist from Zambia on the other hand is developing appropriate soil fertility technologies in order to improve agricultural production and income for smallscale farmers. Kaninga is an Agricultural Research Officer at the Zambia Agriculture Research institute.

Crop scientist Catherine Nwokwu is currently a post-graduate student at Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki. Her vision for agricultural research and development is to develop at least five high yielding and drought tolerant rice varieties.

Juliana Amaka Ugwu, an entomologist, is also a former AWARD junior mentee. She is on a mission to develop ecological and environmentally friendly approaches to sustainable production of fruits and vegetables in Nigeria. Ugwu is currently a lecturer at the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria.

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Judith Olang, Communications Assistant



AWARD (http://www.awardfellowships.org) 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 Fellows benefit from a two-year career-development program focused on fostering mentoring partnerships, building science skills, and developing leadership capacity. African women working in ARD from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia who have completed a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in selected disciplines are eligible. For more information, please visit www.awardfellowships.org.


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