Leading African Women in Food Fellowship (LAFF)
10 February 2023

Do you know any female leaders in the food ecosystem? If so, please consider nominating them for the Leading African Women in Food Fellowship. 

The Leading African Women in Food Fellowship (LAFF) is an ambitious program aimed at amplifying the voices and work of young African women who are making outstanding contributions and impact across the food ecosystem. This initiative will amplify, celebrate, champion, and advance the work of these female food changemakers.

Please click on the link below to start the nomination process and share this opportunity widely. The nomination deadline is February 24th 2023.


Nomination - Leading African Women in Food and Fellowship (afchub.org)


The fellowship program will extend between April and September, 2023

Annually, LAFF awardees will be selected from five categories based on their current activities and impact on the food and agriculture landscapes, including:

  • Disruptors: Create or adapt tools, models, approaches, and/or harnesses technology to solve challenges within the food system (e.g., inventor, researcher, product developer, intrapreneur, etc.)
  • Trailblazers: Accomplished change agents who have made ground-breaking contributions to the African food ecosystem and paved the way for others.
  • Food/Beverage Narrative Changers: Storytellers and digital media gurus that create content, experiences, or products that amplify positive changes and opportunities in the ecosystem, change global narratives and connect people to different African foods and beverages (e.g., journalist, food blogger, food stylist, curator, content creator, consumer packaged goods entrepreneur, etc.).
  • Top Chefs in Africa: Chefs and cooks who through their creativity and innovative cooking methods are changing narratives about African food and showcasing our relevance and importance in the global food ecosystem.
  • Ecosystem Enablers: Private, public and nonprofit leaders who introduce and scale innovative products, ideas, and/or opportunities that contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive food system (e.g., branding and marketing entrepreneur, buyer, financing, insurance, policy, research and development entrepreneur, diversity & inclusion entrepreneurs, sustainability strategist, etc.). 


During the six-month fellowship, the awardees will benefit from mentorship, training, peer-to-peer support, increased visibility through strategic media support, and connections to AFC partner networks for funding and scaling.


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