Women advising Women Farmers (August 31, 2013)By Henk Knipscheer - Senior Associate
Since the last update of March 31, 2013, the Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund has made progress on two fronts, i.e. scholarship promotion and scholarship fund raising. Scholarships for rural female extension agents have been advertised in the three target countries, Ethiopia, Mali and Nigeria. Despite the relatively short window for application, numerous applications have been received. These applications are presently being evaluated. Mid-September, successful candidates will be informed about their selection. The scholarships will be mentored in collaboration with the Sasakawa Fund for Extension Education Program (SAFE). SAFE is committed to addressing faculty gender imbalances in agricultural extension education. By targeting female candidate students, the Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund will help improving the gender balance in rural advisory services.
In June, Winrock was informed of the commitment by Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA), of an additional USD 50,000 for the scholarships. SAA is a Nippon Foundation sponsored program (also known as Sasakawa Global 2000) that was the institutional home of Christopher Dowswell for many years. This gift will be announced during the next World Prize award ceremony in Des Moines, Iowa, in October. On behalf of Winrock, the Dowswell family and our partners in the SAFE program, we thank all donorsfor their generous support.Stay tuned for more updates!
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