This Award is targeted specifically at students/young scientists with innovative technologies for rural women smallholder farmers and persons with disabilities engaged in smallholder farming.
The award is open to all young innovators less than 35 years old of the following eligible Countries: Burundi, Djibouti, D.R. of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
The Young Scientist Innovation Award includes two separate awards, targeting two stakeholder groups:
- Small scale women farmers: This Award will acknowledge young scientific students’ gender-sensitive technologies that address the specific constraints that women face in rural development. It is expected that gender equality and rural women smallholder farmers are key components of their scientific projects and that rural women smallholder farmers are the specific target group. The Award selection will be based on the same criteria as the technologies included in the Sharefair at large (see more here). However, the Award will be restricted to those technologies which are submitted by students and are considered to be specifically innovative.
- People with disabilities: This Award will bring attention to the needs and opportunities of people with disabilities (PWDs) and acknowledge learning institutions and their students for their innovations that are specifically suitable for this target group’s engagement in rural smallholder farming (such as those assisting visually impaired or physically challenged farmers.