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Inspirational Science Competition in Africa

Published: 2012-02-29

3rd Africa-Wide Women & Young Professionals in Science Competition

In 2012 IFS joined a consortium of African organizations and international development partners that administer and host “The Africa-Wide Women and Young Professionals in Science Competition and Awards”.

At their January meeting in Wageningen, The Netherlands, the consortium partners discussed all necessary planning, including the theme for the 2012/2013 competition; "Feeding 1 billion in Africa in a changing world".

In order to enhance agricultural performance and socio-economic development in Africa, the purpose of the competition is to promote excellence in science and innovation in agriculture, with a focus on socio-economic impact, and to attract investment to support young women and men to engage in agricultural research.

The competition identifies and recognizes outstanding researchers who are engaged in communicating knowledge, technologies and new approaches to farmers and other key agricultural stakeholders, as well as advocating for policy change to optimize the benefits from scientific and technological developments.

Through this competition it is hoped that the recognition and promotion of the achievements of women and young men scientists will motivate them to undertake more pioneering research to provide answers to the continent’s pressing problems.

So, who are the eight consortium partners behind the science competition?

NEPAD Agency – New Partnership for Africa’s Development

FARA – Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa

AGRA – Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

RUFORUM - The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture

ANAFE - The African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education

ATPS – African Technology Policy Studies

CTA – Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation

IFS - International Foundation for Science




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