The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Sh1.6 Billion Boost for Women Scientists

Photo: R. Zurba/USAID
In South Africa, 28 per cent of science academy members were women in 2010, while in most other countries women represented less than 12 per cent of science academy members (file photo).

The African Women in Agricultural Research and Development Programme has received a Sh1.6 billion grant. The money will support more agricultural women scientists.

"The Bill and Gates Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development who have funded the programme understand the critical role of women farmers and researchers as a non-negotiable component of their strategies for agriculture in Africa," said AWARD director, Vickie Wilde.

The programme's aim is to develop research and leadership skills of agricultural scientists. According to Food and Agriculture Organisation, some 239 million people in sub-Saharan Africa go.

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Women 'Under-Represented' in Science Sector

In South Africa, 28 per cent of science academy members were women in 2010, while in most other countries women represented less than 12 per cent of science academy members (file photo).

The numbers of women in the science, technology and innovation fields are alarmingly low in the world's leading economies and countries at the forefront of technical advancement ... Read more »