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15 April, 2022
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"Olatunde Olufunmike Kechicha is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Imoran Farms Nigeria Limited, which produces juvenile catfish fingerlings to distribute to fish farmers throughout Nigeria. The 28-year-old entrepreneur has received nominations for a multitude of national and international awards for her agricultural work in the country. Most recently, she was awarded the 2020 Aquaculture Awards in the Rising Star category.
Established in 2017, Imoran Farms started off producing catfish that is sold live to retailers and consumers. However, when COVID-19 reached Nigeria, containment measures such as nationwide lockdowns caused logistical problems for retailers and customers to purchase fish from her farm. The longer a catfish that has reached marketable size is not harvested and sold, the more feed it consumes. This further reduced her farm’s profit margin, which had already been negatively impacted by the increase in fish feed prices in 2019.
To counter the challenges that her fish farming business was facing, she decided to harvest the catfish once they reached a marketable size and prolong the shelf life by smoking them in a kiln. This ensured that her catfish would not spoil before reaching her retailers and customers.
She also explored the use of e-marketing through social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to meet the needs of customers who were not able to travel to the wet market. For those who were unable to reach the market in person, a retail farm store was opened where her smoked fish was sold. With these successes under her belt, she has since explored other value-added products. "
As the Africa Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Manager (PMEL) Manager, your responsibilities are to ensure that necessary and effective systems are in place for planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning across WRI Africa’s programs and projects. In close liaison and support by the global Managing for Results (MfR) department and program staff, you will coordinate annual planning, reporting and outcome tracking processes for WRI Africa. In this position, you will support the development of regional, country and program strategies by facilitating the development of robust, evidence- based theories of changes and results frameworks.
The successful applicant will join a transdisciplinary team to work on the Flood Resilience Alliance project. As the research co-lead, IIASA undertakes evidence-based research to inform the development of community-based flood resilience strategies and break ground towards transformational adaptation to prevent climate-related disasters. IIASA key research contributions involve identifying innovative ways to substantially increase investments into transformational risk reducing and resilience-building actions before flood strikes, including through work in support of the Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities (FRMC) tool and the Flood Resilience Dashboard. IIASA is also contributing cutting-edge research on decision-making for flood risk reduction and resilience (see also Flood Resilience Portal).
"When Saja al-Abayji joined the police academy, she was uncertain about managing the stringent military-like drills, and anxious over society’s perception of women joining the police force.
Her class in 2011 was only the second to see a selection of female officers graduate alongside hundreds of men who planned to serve in the Iraqi ministry of interior (MOI) to oversee policing and border control in the country.
But a decade later, the 34-year-old is now a senior traffic officer, having served for years in the General Traffic Directorate in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Instead of being part of a selection of women in Iraq’s internal security forces, al-Abayji is one of hundreds of female officers who have taken up a variety of roles in Iraq’s policing and border control."
Advancing Women in Agriculture through Research and Education (AWARE) is an initiative by the Department of Global Development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University to engage a community focused on empowering women in agriculture. AWARE believes that empowering women as an underserved group holds the greatest potential to make significant impacts in agricultural development.
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