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Vol 2, Issue 1, pp 56-76, 2017

Building science skills to improve the contributions of women to agricultural research and development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Author: Dorothy Mukhebi1*, Santie de Villiers1, Sheila Okoth1, Vicki Wilde2, and Apollo M Nkwake1
1African Women in Agriculture Research and Development (AWARD), Nairobi Kenya
2Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle USA
*Corresponding Author: D.Mukhebi@cgiar.org


Building the capacity of African women scientists to raise their contributions to agricultural research and development is critical to ensuring food security in sub-Saharan Africa. The African Women in Agricultural Research and Development program developed a tailored capacity development program to contribute to this. We discuss the rationale and theory of change for the program, as well as the extent to which participants demonstrated science-related outcomes, including capabilities to: conduct research, conduct gender responsive research, fundraise, and to present research findings. This paper evaluates the effectiveness of the program on a sample of 122 women. Results show increased capacity on each of the outcomes from before to after the program. Most participants (93 percent) indicated that program played a strong role in the changes they experienced. Qualitative analysis confirmed this in all the cases. Key lessons for the design and implementation of women’s science capacity development programs are highlighted.

Keywords: Science skills development, agricultural research and development, capacity building, innovations, gender

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DOI: 10.19268/JGAFS.212017.4
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