Hillary Clinton meets AWARD

6 08 2009

5 August 2009 was a historic day for the CGIAR Gender & Diversity Program. Our AWARD project for African Women in Agricultural Research and Development met with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton!  

During Hillary Clinton’s official visit to KARI-Nairobi, AWARD fellows had the opportunity to showcase their pro-poor R&D. In her official speech that followed, Secretary Clinton emphasized the importance of women in agriculture saying, “The AWARD program is a great example. It supports women scientists working to improve farming here in Africa and to fight hunger and poverty. And we need women represented in our laboratories as well as our fields. And I really congratulate the AWARD women for being pioneers in plant science.”

AWARD mentor Dr. Lusike Wasilwa (KARI), with hat on right, discusses the impacts of the AWARD fellowship program with (from left to right) US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, and US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, while AWARD fellow Margaret Mulaa and AWARD Director Vicki Wilde look on

AWARD mentor Dr. Lusike Wasilwa (KARI), with hat on right, discusses the impacts of the AWARD fellowship program with (from left to right) US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, and US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, while AWARD fellow Margaret Mulaa and AWARD Director Vicki Wilde look on

We also had the privilege of meeting US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, whose speech at the same event included, “I’m so proud to be here with the recipients of the AWARD fellowship. They are making a difference in the region. And I and others at USDA look forward to working with them to enhance their success in the future.”

Full transcripts of the official speeches are available at: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2009a/08/126911.htm

AWARD fellow Sheila Ommeh explains her research on indigenous chicken for disease control to distinguished audience including US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Kenyan Minister of Agriculture Isaac Ruto and Nobel Laureate Prof. Wangari Maathai

AWARD fellow Sheila Ommeh explains her research on indigenous chicken for disease control to distinguished audience including US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Kenyan Minister of Agriculture William Ruto and Nobel Laureate Prof. Wangari Maathai

See full size imageClick here to watch a slideshow on the visit by Secretaries Clinton and Vilsack on You Tube

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