After much deliberation from the judges, the PEI trustees chose both Mary Olushoga of the AWP Project and TReND in Africa as the joint winners of the ‘Africa Data Challenge’. Both teams will receive a cash prize of £7000 and PEI’s support in rolling out their projects next here. Congratulations to both teams
Mary Olushoga is a member of the AWP Network Agropreneur Project, a workshop-based training project set to use quantitative and qualitative data to inform and help women farmers to improve farming techniques, practices, as well as increase yield and production at a reduced cost. During her presentation, she observed that while many African women are involved in agricultural production, they are not exposed to opportunities to support their business growth and development. To help solve this, she proposed a project that would provide female farmers who are part of the AWP Network Agropreneur Project with opportunities to support their business growth and development. This includes a three-day practical training session on irrigation rice farming, post-training extension services, membership of a network of women farmers across Nigeria amongst other things. The AWP Network Agropreneur Project will also use the data collected during these activities to inform the Ministry of Agriculture and other stakeholders of the services that women farmers need. You can check out Mary’s video presentation below
Dr. Jelena Aleksic, Mrs. Ibukun Akinrinade, and Dr. Sarah Hoey are part of TReND, a non-profit organisation run entirely by volunteer scientists at universities worldwide that works to achieve sustainable development in Africa through the promotion of scientific research, education and more. TReND proposed a project that aims to foster a new generation of data analysts with a deep understanding of the biology, as well as analytical skills to effectively utilize the genomics datasets. Given the low cost of computing infrastructure, they argued that this is an ideal area of research for ambitious African scientists. As Dr. Sarah Hoey so eloquently said in her presentation, providing training in this area will help build African scientists’ research capacity and propel the continent to greater scientific independence!
We look forward to hearing more from our Africa Data Challenge winners and seeing their projects roll out next year!