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Local Solutions, International Support: African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Science Seminar Series

Local Solutions, International Support is being presented in partnership with NOVUS International

Following a successful three-year pilot program, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) was established in 2008 as an on-going project of the Gender & Diversity Program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), AWARD offers two-year Fellowships to women scientists from Africa who are already working closely with the rural poor on tackling issues of poverty and hunger.

Meet three of these Fellows currently working with St. Charles-based Novus International to alleviate poverty, increase food security, and improve the lives of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.

Featuring 2010 AWARD Fellows:

Vettes Kalema, Lecturer, Makerere University, Uganda
Vettes is assessing the economic contributions of Uganda’s rapidly vanishing woodlands to rural livelihoods with hopes of both preserving the country’s fragile forests and developing alternative income-generating activities for Ugandan families who depend on the forests for everything from food and firewood to medicine.

Olapeju Onadipe, Assistant Project Coordinator/Research Associate, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria
Olapeju is working to improve the livelihoods of farmers, processors and local marketers in the cassava sector through a multi-country project to increase food security.

Matilda Ayim-Akonor, Research Officer, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Animal Research Institute, Ghana
Fighting livestock diseases that have caused the collapse of many of Ghana’s large farms and that threaten the extinction of the few that remain, Matilda is hoping to help farmers increase their earnings, reduce unemployment, and rekindle interest in livestock and poultry production, particularly among youth.

To be held at: Saint Louis Zoo Living World auditorium (north side of Zoo)

Parking is FREE in Zoo’s North Lot.

FREE & OPEN to ALL. Registration not required.

For more information call 314-533-8586 or email events@academyofsciencestl.org

Science Seminar Series Co-sponsored by:

Science Seminar Series underwritten in part through the generous support of Cooper Bussman.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012
7:30 PM-9:00 PM
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