WHO WE ARE
Zambian Women is Agricultural Research and Development (ZaWARD) is the Zambian network of past and current fellows, mentees and mentors of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development programme (AWARD). It is essentially the national chapter of the Africa wide organization, AWARD. Its membership is open to all other women working in the agricultural sector and students of agricultural sciences or pursuing agricultural related courses, as well as organisations that promote and support agriculture. The organization confers honorary membership on women who have excelled in the agriculture sector in Zambia.
The Zambian chapter was created to, inter alia, provide a platform for AWARD fellows, mentors and mentees to continue sharing their experiences and transfer their knowledge obtained from their association with AWARD to others. ZaWARD will continue using the AWARD model of promoting career development through increased visibility, science and leadership skills training among women scientists and practitioners working in the agricultural sector in Zambia. AWARD equips women scientists with scientific and leadership skills to strengthen their research skills and accelerate their careers’ development. It also trains women scientists in how to conduct gender responsive research.
ZaWARD has over 150 fellows, mentors and mentees. It has also established partnerships with various organizations including the Indaba for Agricultural Policy and Research Institute (IAPRI) which is presently hosting it at its headquarters in Lusaka. Other partners are the Zambia Agriculture Research Institutes (ZARI) under Ministries of Agriculture and the University of Zambia (UNZA).