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African food fellowship opens applications for 2022 Kenyan cohort

They are looking for business leaders, community, farmer representatives and government officials.

In Summary

•Joost Guijt, the director of African Food Fellowship said, the cohort will comprise 40 Kenyan fellows.

•Grace Njoroge, alumni of the programme, and an Innovation Fund Manager at GSMA Innovation Fund said the fellowship has been instrumental in giving her a broader view of food systems.

Tomatoes sold at the Beyond Fruits Limited outlet in Westlands with the KS 1758 mark.
Tomatoes sold at the Beyond Fruits Limited outlet in Westlands with the KS 1758 mark.
Image: AGATHA NGOTHO

Kenyans working in the field of agri-finance, aquaculture and horticulture can apply for the African Food Fellowship.

The African Food Fellowship has announced the opening of applications for the 2022 Kenyan cohort of its flagship Food Systems Leadership Programme.

Joost Guijt, the director of African Food Fellowship said, the cohort will comprise 40 Kenyan fellows.

“Their leadership journey will start in November and continue for 10 months of inspiring, action-oriented learning, culminating with graduation into the Kenya Food Fellowship and a life-long professional association of change-makers,” Guijt said in a statement.

He said they are looking for business leaders, community, farmer representatives and government officials.

Grace Njoroge, alumni of the programme, and an Innovation Fund Manager at GSMA Innovation Fund said the fellowship has been instrumental in giving her a broader view of food systems.

“Going through the fellowship has made me more conscious about the actors that I do not necessarily interact with, but who are part of how the food system is structured,” Njoroge said.

Guijt said they are catalysing a new generation of leadership across Africa to help build healthier, more inclusive and sustainable food systems.

“We will be delivering our flagship Food System Leadership Programme to annual cohorts of passionate food systems leaders, and work with our alumni networks to build dynamic country food fellowships. These networks will support fellows on their journeys to drive change and impact,” Guijt said.

The fellowship, which started in 2021, graduated its first Kenyan cohort in April and is currently supporting the first cohort of fellows from Rwanda.

It is being implemented by Wageningen University and Research and Wasafiri Consulting, with funding from IKEA Foundation.

The African Food Fellowship was established to help deliver the progress promised in the 2014 Malabo Declaration.

It aims to end hunger on the continent by 2025 and to promote intra-Africa food exchange through the continental free trade area.

 

Edited by Kiilu Damaris

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