Fellows move from ideas to practical solutions for transforming food systems in Africa

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The African Food Fellowship

Empowering food systems leaders to meet the scale
of the challenges requires equipping aspiring
leaders to act individually and collectively in
their ecosystems, based on knowledge of food systems,
responsible leadership and how to advance actions
for systemic impact. Together they can shape
agendas and set priorities for investments, policy
and action. This Fellowship is an initiative of
Wageningen University & Research and
Wasafiri Consulting, with support from
IKEA Foundation.

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More than 300 Food Experts Apply to Join First Cohort in Rwanda

More than 300 food systems leaders in Rwanda have applied to join the first class of the Food Systems Leadership Programme that closed applications on September 19.

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about the fellows

The Fellowship brings together passionate food systems leaders who make up the inaugural cohort of the African Food Systems Leadership Programme.

first of its kind

This 10-month Fellowship is the first of its kind in Africa and focuses initially on three impact areas of aquaculture, horticulture and agri-finance.

our vision

A continent-wide Fellowship of African leaders actively contributing to food systems transformation agendas up to and beyond the SDGs.

Our programmes

Food systems face complex challenges

Food systems in Africa face many complex and connected challenges, such as malnutrition, climate change, inequality and the overuse of natural resources. These are not just challenges for the government and private sector. They require effective leadership at every level, from every perspective, to understand the systemic causes and make the difficult decisions needed for system-wide change. Our vision is of a continent-wide fellowship of African food systems leaders who actively contribute to food systems transformation up to and beyond the SDGs.
Food system leaders will be empowered by a world-class systems leadership programme. More than this, they will be enabled in their actions through an incubation support programme while also sharing knowledge and passion for change through a professional food systems leaders movement.

creating opportunities for

Cross-sector collaboration and innovation in food systems

Starting in Kenya and Rwanda, the African Food Fellowship brings aspiring leaders from different backgrounds together. It will provide leadership development, incubation of initiatives and network opportunities and establish a critical mass of fellows who understand and are committed to the practice of cross-sector collaboration and innovation in food systems.

Meet the Kenyan fellows

Wageningen University & Research
Wasafiri Consulting
IKEA Foundation