Knowledge for Development

Launch of the 2012 - 2013 Africa-wide Women and Young Professionals in Science competitions


Date: 08/03/2012


//**// UPDATE May 15th, 2012: the deadline has been extended to June 4th, 2012. More information here. //**//

Call for Abstracts: ´Feeding 1 billion in Africa in a changing world´. Deadline: 14 May 2012.

The CTA/ FARA/IFS/ ANAFE/ RUFORUM consortium, in collaboration with AGRA and NPCA, is pleased to announce the launch of its 2012-2013 Africa-wide women and young professionals in science competitions. With a population of approximately 1.03 billion in 2011, and a growth rate of 24 million per annum, Africa’s population is expected to double by 2050. The continent needs to increase agricultural productivity in a sustainable manner as well as find endogenous solutions to respond to the challenges. Africa’s investment in science and innovation remains low; and only one African university is listed among the top 500 in the world. Women are under-represented in all areas of policy, education and research and many of Africa’s youthful population; 70% aged 30 or younger, do not see a future in agriculture or science. The continent faces a knowledge and skills gap as ageing scientists and academicians retire.

The 2012-2013 Africa-wide competitions will evaluate, recognize and reward the contributions of women and young professionals who are involved in: (i) Pioneering and innovative research; (ii) Communicating their research results and technological developments; and (iii) Advocating for policy change as well as influencing policy processes through their research. They will also raise awareness of the need for valuing and sustaining the engagement of women and young professionals and facilitating their contribution to Africa’s socio-economic transformation.

Get the Women in Science competition announcement here (updated as of May 15th, 2012):

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Get the Young Professional in Science competition announcement here (updated as of May 15th, 2012)

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Read the related concept note here:

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