Announcement of AWARD Fellowship Winners of 2011

Lillian Wambua, 2011 African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) fellowship winner, announced 18 August 2011 (photo credit: ILRI/ Njiru).

Nairobi, August 22nd 2011 – “My parents paid for my primary education by selling a cow or a goat, so I know from experience that livestock is the cornerstone of people’s livelihoods in rural Africa,” said Dr. Lillian Wambua, a molecular geneticist at the University of Nairobi’s School of Biological Sciences and one of this year’s AWARD winners.

“Diseases are the greatest challenges to livestock farmers. As an AWARD Fellow and upcoming researcher, my goal is to use my scientific skills to engage with like-minded researchers in finding lasting solutions to secure healthy herds.”

Wambua is one of 2,200 female scientists from 450 institutions to have applied for one of the 250 available fellowships since AWARD began in 2008.

AWARD Fellows benefit from a two-year career-development program focused on mentoring partnerships, science skills, and leadership development. The fellowships are awarded on the basis of intellectual merit, leadership capacity, and the potential of the scientist’s research to improve the daily lives of smallholder farmers, especially women.

In Pictures  – Announcement of AWARD Fellowship Winners of 2011

Margaret Kroma, Gender and Agriculture program officer at AGRA in discussions,18 August 2011 (photo credit ILRI/Muthoni Njiru).

ILRI’s Nimmo Gicheru, in light blue shirt, and other winners of the 2011 African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) on 18 August 2011 (photo credit: ILRI/Njiru).

Esther Kaduna, a researcher at the BecA-ILRI Hub and a 2010 AWARD fellow during the 2011 African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) announcement on 18 August 2011 (photo credit: ILRI/Njiru).

Idah Sithole-Niang, Steering Committee Chair of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) program on 18 August 2011 (photo credit: ILRI/Njiru).

Vicki Wilde, Director of the CGIAR Gender & Diversity Program/AWARD at the the 2011 African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) announcement 18 August 2011 (photo credit: ILRI/Njiru).

Panelists at the event. 18 August 2011 (photo credit: ILRI/Muthoni Njiru).

Mary Njenga (holding charcoal) explains her work on alternative fuel resources to African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) event participants 18 August 2011 (photo credit: ILRI/Njiru).

ILRI's Teddy Amuge displays her work on cassava virus diseases at the 2011 Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) fellowships announcement on 18 August 2011 (photo credit: ILRI/ Njiru).

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