Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks to address the challenges and local realities faced by farming families in the developing world, and to date it has committed more than US$2 billion to agricultural development efforts. Among those many programs is a cooperation with the French-government partner, Agropolis Fondation and together they fund a fellowship program for outstanding agricultural researchers in sub-Saharan Africa called The AWARD Fellowship. Most of the Foundation’s recent work with AWARD has shifted to focus on institutional transformation for gender responsive agricultural research in Africa and involves men as well as women.
BNP Paribas Foundation
The BNP Paribas Foundation supports a Climate Initiative philanthropic program to enhance and promote scientific knowledge on climate change to enable decision-makers and all citizens to change their behavior. Between 2017 and 2019, 8 international projects covering various climate-related problems will be funded with a €6 million budget, involving 178 researchers, professors and engineers from 73 universities and research organizations throughout the world, including Senegal, Cameroon, Madagascar, Ivory Coast, Uganda, South Africa and Mali. Funded research projects include evolution and impacts of extreme weather events, carbon soil sequestration and also adaptation policy governance. Further, since this year, the Group BNP Paribas will become carbon neutral and will offset its unavoidable CO2 emissions through a partnership with Wildlife Works, a pioneering company in forest protection in Africa that empowers local communities to divert them from changing the forest into cropping land.
Agropolis Fondation under the aegis of the Republic of France :
Agropolis Fondation promotes and supports high-level research and higher education in agricultural sciences and sustainable development. It connects the world-class Montpellier scientific community with an international network of over 400 foreign partner institutions, including the AWARD program presented above. In the past 10 years Agropolis Fondation granted €40 million to scientific projects on cultivated plant diversity, biology and breeding, crop protection, sustainable agriculture and food systems, agro-ecological transition, adaptation to climate change, food processing and quality, socio-economics and public policies.
African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)
African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) works toward inclusive, agriculture-driven prosperity for Africa by strengthening the production and dissemination of more gender-responsive agricultural research and innovation. We invest in African scientists, research institutions, and agribusinesses so that they can deliver agricultural innovations that better respond to the needs and priorities of a diversity of women and men across Africa’s agricultural value chains.
Since 2008, AWARD has, through individually tailored two-year fellowships, worked to strengthen the research and leadership skills of African women in agricultural science, empowering them to contribute more effectively to alleviating poverty and increasing food security in sub-Saharan Africa.