Life stories of African women and young professionals in science

Year of Publication: 2013-10-12

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The 3rd Africa-wide Science Competition in 2012/13 promoted excellence in science and innovation in agriculture, with a focus on its socio-economic impact. The competitions identified and recognised outstanding women and young researchers who are engaged in communicating knowledge, technologies and new approaches to farmers and other key agricultural stakeholders, as well as advocating policy change to optimise the benefits from scientific and technological developments. The competitions resulted in the selection of ten extraordinary African scientists: seven women and three men, five of whom were under the age of 40.

This booklet takes a look at these remarkable women and young researchers who are motivated to be part of the
solution and not the problem. Indeed, as researchers, they are helping to transform agriculture by developing science-based solutions to some of the complex issues facing African farmers.