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Advancing Young Women Professional Fellows Program

Published: Tuesday, 30 Jan 2018
Author: Rachel Warner
Department: Office of the Dean

The Alliance for African Partnership, together with MSU's Center for Gender in Global Context, Center for Global Connections in Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources partnered with Sokoine University (Tanzania), University of Nairobi (Kenya) and Kyambogo University (Uganda) on a successful U.S. Department of State grant to develop and implement the Advancing Young Women Professional Fellows Program.

This program will link fellows from Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda with local Lansing organizations working on women's empowerment in the agriculture sector. The goal of the program is to build fellows' capacity and skills in agro-entrepreneurship and agri-food system innovation as well as provide an opportunity for fellows and hosts to learn about issues faced by women in this sector both in East Africa and the US.

Over the course of this two-year program, MSU will host a total of 24 East African fellows in East Lansing, Michigan for four weeks. Fellows will participate in a professional internship with Michigan organizations focused on agriculture, innovation, agro-entrepreneurship, and women's empowerment and attend additional seminars and trainings with professionals from Michigan State University and across the state of Michigan. Representatives of local internship host organizations will then have the opportunity to travel to East Africa and learn from colleagues there about local and regional approaches to supporting women's advancement in the agricultural sector.

This program is a wonderful opportunity for members of the participating countries to share ideas and best practices as well as open up channels of mutual understanding that lead to improved conditions for women in all four countries.