The African Food Fellowship is delighted to announce that applications are now open for its 2023 cohort of Fellows. The Fellowship opened applications simultaneously in Rwanda and Kenya, and aims to recruit 80 food systems practitioners, 40 for each country. Interested candidates can submit their applications here: Applications for African Food Fellowship 2023 Cohort. Deadline is May 15, 2023.
In Rwanda, the Fellowship is targeting applicants working in the impact areas of Access to Nutritious Foods, Sustainable Land Use or Food Technology & Trade, while in Kenya, it will be accepting applications from people working in Horticulture, Aquaculture and Agri-finance.
“Change in our food systems begins with a shift in how leadership is curated to address systemic issues. We encourage farmers, policy makers, private sector actors, academics, researchers, and public and civil society actors to apply. If you are looking to transform the food systems space in kenya and Rwanda, the African Food Fellowship is for you,” said Kenya Dean and Implementing Lead Brenda Mareri.
The Fellowship will hold a webinar on April 20, 2023 to prospective Fellows through the recruitment process, and to set them up for success as they submit their applications. You can register for the webinar here: African Food Fellowship Recruitment Webinar.
Successful applicants will commence their leadership journey in July 2023, starting off with the prestigious ten-month Food Systems Leadership Programme offered by world-class instructors from Wasafiri Consulting and Wageningen University & Research. They will then graduate into the Kenya and Rwanda Food Fellowships, respectively, which are lifelong impact networks of change makers. The Fellowship charges a fee of USD800, payable in two installments. A limited number of scholarships are available for those who can demonstrate they need it.
The Fellowship is now in its third year, boasting of two cohorts in both Rwanda and Kenya who have been at the vanguard of food systems transformations in their respective sectors. The Fellowship graduated its inaugural cohorts in both countries last year, and is currently taking its second cohorts through the food systems leadership programme. Since their induction into the Fellowship, they have been working on initiatives and projects that have pushed the needle to create fairer, healthier and regenerative food systems.
“Growing as a leader who collaborates with others to bring about change does not happen by chance. It takes intention and exposure to the right resources and networks for it to happen. We are here to walk the journey with you and equip you with the right skills, knowledge, and networks to ensure you succeed,” said Rwanda Dean and Implementing Lead Anysie Ishimwe.
About the African Food Fellowship
The African Food Fellowship is building a radical movement of leaders in Africa working to transform food systems across the continent. We support food systems actors with world-class training, platforms, and networks, to spark collaborative action for healthier, fairer and regenerative food systems. The Fellowship is initiated by leading institutions Wageningen University and Research and Wasafiri Consulting with support from the IKEA Foundation.