Fri 22 Dec 2023
Dr. Abena Boakye, a senior Lecturer from the Department of Food Science and Technology, KNUST and a Fellow of the Food Systems Research Network for Africa, was recently announced to be among 28 women to receive the OWSD Early Career Fellows Award. The recipients of the award will lead research projects and establish research groups at their home institutions in 16 countries in the developing world, to maintain an international standard of research and attract scholars from all over the world to collaborate. Funding for the fellowships is generously provided by Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
Dr. Abena's research project will investigate foodscapes and explore the food and nutrition potential of indigenous under-exploited crops (soul crops) in order to develp a nutrient composition database for such crops, and explore value-addition interventions.
The OWSD fellows will receive specific training to build on their leadership and management skills and develop connections with a variety of public and private sector partners to potentially convert their research into marketable products or guarantee its impact on a broader scale. By improving their communication and outreach skills, fellows will also learn to effectively present their research to various audiences, thus attracting new collaborators and potential funders to ensure the sustainability of the research project.
The Department of Food Science and Technology is very proud of this achievement. Congratulations!