AWARD is enhancing institutional capacity to conduct gender-responsive research and supporting institutions to embrace and adopt gender-responsive policies and practices. AWARD is investing in building a critical mass of AWARD alumni to influence institutional policies and practices. We are investing in a training hub for leadership, mentoring, science skills, and gender in agri-food systems.


Gender Responsive Agricultural Research and Development (GRARD)

Period: July 2017 – January 2023
Budget: USD 5.5M
Institutions (8): Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), Pwani University, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), and Mekelle University.

Gender Responsive Agricultural Research and Development (GRARD) is AWARD's initiative that sought to support institutions to design research agendas that drive sustainable and inclusive growth, by enhancing gender responsiveness within their research priorities and institutional mechanisms. Our engagement with AR4D institutions focuses on institutions with a demonstrated organizational commitment to make changes for gender equality.

The initiative was implemented with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Bureau of Food Security and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). 

Key activities delivered under GRARD

Multi-stakeholder consultation workshops in the selected GRARD countries
Over 15 national and regional-level knowledge events
Baseline study led by the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW)
Institutional Needs Assessment for Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB)
Gender policy review for FUNAAB
Development and pilot testing of a new course on Practical Gender Responsive Agricultural Research for Development in collaboration with the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT).
Five customized courses in Leadership, Mentoring, Science writing and Gender
More than 22 training workshops delivered in the 8 GRARD institutions
Customized training for 6 institutions under Ethiopia’s Agricultural Growth Program II–Capacity Development Support Facility (AGP2-CDSF)
Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta(FUNAAB)
CSIR Ghana
For 60 staff of the Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research (EIAR)
Advanced science training for xx female staff
A research grant program for 20 women agricultural scientists at the EIAR
AWARD Country Chapters

AWARD supports the establishment and continued functioning of AWARD Country Chapters across the continent, which include AWARD alumni and other scientists and development practitioners who have benefitted from AWARD’s interventions and are interested in driving the agenda for gender equality, social inclusion for sustainable agricultural research and development in Africa. Country Chapters are registered as legal entities and include a network of more than 650 members in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda. They are comprised of AWARD Fellows, Mentors, Fellows’ Mentees, and other scientists.

AWARD Training

AWARD designs and delivers various customized learning programs categorized under five main themes: mentoring, leadership, science skills, gender in agricultural research and training of trainers.

AWARD Training targets AR4D professionals at different career stages, including emerging, mid-career, and senior leaders and researchers, to deliver impactful learning experiences and equip them with the skills and capacity to design research agendas that can drive sustainable and equitable growth.

Success Stories

Pan-African Fellowship


Flagship Fellowship