One Planet Fellowship
CREATED BY THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION
and the BNP Paribas Foundation, the One Planet Fellowship in- tergenerational programme adopts a gender-mainstreaming ap- proach. In February 2019, 1,523 people responded to the first call for applications. 45 high-potential French- and English-speak- ing researchers from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d Ivoire, Ethio- pia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo and Zambia were selected. They will be mentored for five years by senior African scientists (women and men) and will benefit from exceptional opportunities for career progression. In order to finance their work, the two foundations, which are associated with the European Commission and the International Devel- opment Research Centre (IDRC), have raised a total budget of USD 20 million, managed by AWARD (African Women in Agri- cultural Research), ICRAF Kenya (World Agroforestry Centre) and Agropolis Fondation. In November 2019, in Casablanca, the BNP Paribas Foundation, together with the BMCI Foundation, announced the opening of the One Planet Fellowship programme to two new entrants, Morocco and Algeria.
In view of the risks posed to food production in Africa by climate change, BNP Paribas is supporting the essential role of women via two programmes: One Planet Fellowship which focuses on research to define practical solutions; and AgriFed, which promotes the development of sustainable crops and access to financial independence.
Women, pillars of agricultural research in Africa
A GRIF E D , A N INNO VAT I V E PR O GR A MME L A UNCHE D W I T H UN W OME N Although women do not have the same access to resources, land and financing as men, and are often among the first victims of climate change, the BNP Paribas Group and its subsidiary BICIS in Senegal are actively participating in the AgriFed project in Senegal, launched by UN Women as part of the He for She programme. The project aims to make 15,000 women working in the rice sector financially independent by 2021. The objectives of this resilient agriculture project are as follows: to support land reform, improving access to and security of land for women farmers; to increase agricultural productivity and resilience; to provide finance through lines of credit; and to support cooperatives, networks and associations that promote the work of these female entrepreneurs.
The launch of the One Planet Fellowship programme on 16 September 2019 in Nairobi.
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