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Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund

 
$83,095
$16,905
Raised
Remaining

Summary

Christopher Dowswell was aide-de-camp to Nobel Laureate Dr. Norman E. Borlaug for more than 30 years. He joined the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) in 1991 and was appointed joint Executive Director in 2009. Chris worked tirelessly for SAA's objective of supporting smallholder farmers and particularly agricultural extension. The Fund provides scholarships for degree training in Agricultural Extension, especially for women.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Ag Extension personnel in Africa need updated training to better assist local farmers to increase production and incomes. In many cultures women are unable to meet directly with the men that make up the vast majority of extension workers. Therefore rural farm women often remain poorly informed about production technology and practices, even though they often play a primary role in agricultural production.

How will this project solve this problem?

Increasing education levels of agricultural extension workers will improve the transfer of knowledge and skill to farmers leading to increased production and incomes. Increasing the number of well trained female agricultural extension workers will provide women farmers greater access to agricultural technologies and production information. Focusing on female extension workers also provides role models for girls to enter agricultural extension and further increasing the number of women.

Potential Long Term Impact

In the long term, more farmers will have access to better agricultural technology and production information which will increase agricultural production and incomes, and reduce poverty and hunger. Also, more women active in agricultural extension will provide role models for young womena and girls to follow into the field, increasing the number of women extension agents and further expanding the impact of the scholarships..

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $83,095
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $16,905
Total Funding Goal: $100,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

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Organization

Winrock International

Little Rock, AR, United States
http://www.winrock.org

Project Leader

Judy Vance

Little Rock, AR United States

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