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FANRPAN Trains African Women in Agricultural Research and Development on Communication Agriculture Research for Policy Development
16 March 2010 - 18 March 2010



FANRPAN Trains African Women in Agricultural Research & Development on Communication Agriculture Research for Policy Development The International Foundation for Science (IFS) in partnership with the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) conducted the second workshop for AWARD Fellows and their mentors on proposal writing and policy development in agricultural research. The workshop was hosted by the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) and Makerere Univeristy, Uganda. The workshop took place 8-18 March 2010. FANRPAN CEO, Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda was invited as a key resource person and facilitator of the session on Communicating Agriculture Research for Policy Development.

The workshop aimed to provide an understanding and develop appropriate tools for proposal writing, scientific writing and presentation for training the AWARD fellows and AWARD mentors. The workshop focused on the interconnections between successful proposal writing skills and delivery of outputs in the form of scientific writing and presentation expressed as; peer reviewed articles, policy briefs, conference papers, oral communication, popular science and journalistic science writing for the public. The workshop employed practical hands on approach in conceptualising and writing science. This was achieved by working iteratively with the trainers using resources and materials generated and agreed upon in the process of the training workshop.

Key resource persons were invited to share their experiences and to aid the workshop in structuring the contents of the curriculum for the courses. Specifically selected was science journalism writing and policy brief communications because these areas require more attention in Africa how to turn science results into political decisions, political will that can positively affect the livelihoods of the people.

The overall goal of AWARD is to build an effective and transferable career development program for women in agricultural research and development in sub-Saharan Africa, which will allow African women to play their full role in agricultural development of the continent. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID, AWARD is implemented by the CGIAR Gender & Diversity Program (G&D) and hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

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