Advancing Young Women Agribusiness Entrepreneurs and Innovators:
A Tanzania-Kenya-Uganda-U.S. Partnership
At the close of applications deadline, the program attracted 165 Kenyan applicants. Sixteen applicants per country have been selected for an oral and face to face interview. This process will allowed the program team to select four (4) applicants to receive the fellowship for training in US.
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The Advancing Young Women Professional Fellows Program is sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Professional Fellows Division and administered by Michigan State University (US), Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), University of Nairobi (Kenya), and Kyambogo University (Uganda). The goal of the program is to build capacity and skills in agro-entrepreneurship and agri-food system innovation and learn about issues of women’s economic empowerment. Kenyan, Tanzanian and Ugandan fellows will develop their leadership capacity and professional skills through a fully funded four-week fellowship program in the U.S.
Selected Kenyan fellows under United States Department of State Professional Fellows Program- advancing Young women Agribusiness Entrepreneurs and Innovators: A Tanzania- Kenya- Uganda-United States Of America Partnership: Michigan State University(MSU)(US), Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) Tanzania, University of Nairobi(UoN)(Kenya) and Kyambogo University(KU)(Uganda):
- Joan Watheri Kinyanjui, Self-employed-Beekeeping and irrigation-based agriculture in arid and semi-arid areas.
- Dorine Mkaluma Ngeti, National Government Affirmative Action Fund-Activities include:-Women, Youth, Elderly and PWDs Economic Empowerment
- Chikamai Robertina Nekesa- Self employed—Modern young farmer but currently focusing on fish farming and value additions for various market segments and also trains women an youth on modern farming and value addition to help them become agri-entrepreneurs.
- Rodgers Kipchirchir Kirwa-Self employed- iAgriBiz Africa- Africa, a platform founded with the desire to advocate, communicate, educate and disseminate up to date information to current and potential agro-entrepreneurs, especially the youth and women.
The selected fellows from Kenya will be joined by four fellows from Uganda and four fellows from Tanzania and will be hosted by Michigan State University from April 2018 to June 2018.
This is a highly competitive program and we congratulate the winners. However, simply be on a look out for a second call which is due to be released by middle of 2018.
Prepared and Posted by
Program Coordinator in Kenya: Prof. Agnes W. Mwang’ombe, EBS,
Professor of Plant Pathology,
Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection,
University of Nairobi.