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Applications are now open for African Food Fellowship Cohort 4!

We are recruiting 80 food systems leaders in Kenya and Rwanda to join the African Food Fellowship, 40 for each country. 

We are building a radical movement of leaders working to transform food systems in Africa. We provide world class training, platforms, and networks to spark collaborative action for healthy, inclusive, and sustainable food systems.

Apply to become a fellow and join us on this remarkable journey towards a thriving and resilient food ecosystem in Africa!

Send us your application before the deadline closes on 10 May 2024.

In Rwanda we accept applications from people working in: 

  • Access to Nutritious Foods 
  • Sustainable Land Use 
  • Food Technology & Trade 
Apply now

In Kenya we accept applications from people working in: 

  • Horticulture 
  • Aquaculture 
  • Agri-finance 
Apply now

Application process 

  • Complete the application form here  
  • Within one week, you’ll receive confirmation that your application has been received. Apply early, as we expect a high volume of applications. 
  • The application deadline is 10th May at midnight EAT. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to 90-minute group interviews. Interviews dates and times will be scheduled and communicated with shortlisted candidates as early as possible. 
  • If your interview is successful, you will receive a formal offer to join by the end of June. 
  • You will start your leadership journey with the Food Systems Leadership Programme (FSLP) in September 2024. 
  • The FSLP takes 10 months and is delivered online, with informal meetups and assignments, and visits with other Fellows, organisations and businesses. Your time investment will be an average of 4 hours per week.  
  • Upon completion, you’ll be awarded a Certificate from Wageningen University & Research and Wasafiri Consulting. You will then continue your leadership journey through the Food Systems Leaders Network. 

Please note: The participation fee for the FSLP is USD800, which can be paid in two instalments. We offer scholarships to Fellows who cannot raise the full fee. 

Why join?

We provide opportunities for food systems leaders in Africa to connect and build relationships with their peers and gain essential food systems and leadership knowledge to transform food systems. Fellows are not just beneficiaries of these facilities; you are co-creators and co-owners. You contribute your knowledge, skills, and networks, and get the same back. 

We offer you a space to: 

  • Connect:
    We provide a space where you can interact and create lasting relationships which are purpose-driven, and focused on inclusion, health, and sustainability.  
  • Learn:
    We provide specialized food systems leadership training that offers you the skills and knowledge to be good food systems leaders. This will shift your mind set and create a shared language to understand how food systems are structured, why challenges persist, and how food systems leaders can contribute to creating sustainable alternatives.   
  • Act:
    We support you as you design, implement, and adapt your food systems actions. These are radical efforts and practices that redirect food systems towards health, inclusion, and sustainability. You will identify common challenges and work with others towards collective solutions. We support your work by facilitating access to industry experts and decision-makers, curating virtual and physical collaborative spaces, and providing platforms for you to share your work with wider audiences 

FAQ

No. We welcome applications from diverse backgrounds. Aside from academic qualifications we are interested in your demonstrable experience and passion to transform food systems in your chosen impact area.

Yes. Food system transformation is the core goal of the African Food Fellowship. We recognize that food systems actors come in diverse forms: the soil scientist, the famer, cooperative leader, the extension officer, the food producer, the policy maker, the food trade ICT platform developer, the programme manager, the food transporter, the financier, the nutritionist and the activist, among others.

No, however you must be able to demonstrate active leadership experience in your chosen impact area.

Yes. English is the medium of instruction. All programme interactions and materials will be in English.

Yes. The programme is only open to legal residents, active in the chosen country’s food syste.

No quotas, just a preference for a diverse cohort. Selection is based on merit.

A fellowship team comprised of food systems and leadership experts.

Assessment will be based on attendance, participation, weekly assignments, and final project work. We will follow an 80/20 rule where fellows are required to be present and active for at least 80% of programme duration. We are aware that life and work obligations may arise and thus have factored that in.

Yes, the African Food Fellowship is an initiative of Wageningen University & Research and Wasafiri Consulting.

This is not a formal university course. It’s a leadership fellowship. Fellows will receive a certificate at the end of the first stage of the programme called “Systems Insights”. Upon completion of the entire 10-month programme, they will become Fellows of the African Food Fellowship.

No. However, some successful who cannot raise the full fee will be awarded partial scholarships. All Fellows receive airtime and internet bundles to facilitate their participation in the virtual programme.

All fellows will be required to dedicate 4 hours per week throughout the duration of the programme.

That will be unfortunate. We would appreciate advance/immediate notice. If you must leave in the inception phase, we could offer the position to another qualified applicant. Also, if you opt in, we will maintain you in the overall fellowship network.

To advance your work transforming food systems in your country of residence. You will also be expected to maintain engagement with your peers and the fellowship in its entirety.

No. Currently we are in the second phase of the African Food Fellowship. This is a matter under consideration for future phases.

The Fellowship focuses on leadership as a key driver in transforming food systems in Africa. It seeks to strengthen African leadership that is creating solutions to the most pressing challenges facing African food systems today, by focusing on leadership development, networking and collaboration.