DuPont today announced a collaboration with African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), with a commitment of approximately $400,000 over the next four years to help strengthen the research skills of female African agricultural scientists.
“DuPont and AWARD share a common belief that women play an indispensable role in agriculture,” said Paul Schickler, president, DuPont Pioneer. “Empowering women to have a greater voice in decisions will have a significant impact on food security and poverty alleviation worldwide.”
DuPont Pioneer will annually host at least two AWARD Fellows in its global laboratories for up to nine months over a four-year period. These research attachments will complement the extensive training and leadership development offered by AWARD.
“I am grateful that DuPont Pioneer shares our vision of investing in the next generation of African leaders in agricultural science,” said Vicki Wilde, director, AWARD.
The majority of those who produce, process and market Africa’s food are women, but only one in four agricultural researchers is female, according to a 2008 study conducted by AWARD. In addition, fewer than one in seven of the leaders of agricultural institutions are female. AWARD is addressing this gap.
AWARD is a two-year leadership program that supports women scientists working to improve food security and reduce poverty in Africa. To date, 250 African women scientists from 11 countries have benefited directly as AWARD Fellows. They range from recent university graduates to recognized experts in their fields. Their research covers 16 disciplines in agricultural research and development, from plant pathology to water management and from poultry science to climate change.
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