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Alliance for African Partnership Launches Next Phase for Sustainable Africa-centered Partnership

Since our initial convening in May 2016, the Alliance for African Partnership has built a strong foundation for an Africa-centered initiative dedicated to effecting positive change on the continent through innovative, equitable partnership. We are now moving into the next phase of our activities with a new strategic plan and an innovative organizational restructuring to…

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Professional Fellows Program Week 4 in Review: Finance, Marketing and Governance

During their fourth and final week in the East Lansing area, fellows stayed with nearby host families, sharing meals, watching movies and catching rides to their internship sites. During their last week of work, a few fellows harvested and prepared vegetables for market, one was introduced to bee propolis, another visited a cattle farm that…

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Professional Fellows Program Week 3 in Review: Personal Development and Success

The third week of the Professional Fellows Program focused on personal development and success. Participants were prompted to consider the role they play in creating change in their countries and how “soft” skills, such as networking and negotiation, may advance their personal and professional goals. Leadership consultants, marketing professionals and experts in monitoring and evaluation…

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Introducing GYAN’s Essay Book: “The Africa We’re Creating”

Time and time again, we are reminded of the prevailing African narrative—one of poverty, hunger, and sickness. The whole truth is often left out of these stories, failing to recognize the continent’s potential with its rich natural resources, innovative agricultural methods, and most importantly, its youth population. Africa is the youngest continent in the world,…

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MSU hosts East African fellows: Ongoing exchange program advances young women in agribusiness

As a project accountant at Numa Feeds, Ltd., Eudine Awuzu Asara conducts financial reporting for the Ugandan grains producer and distributor, and works closely with farmers teaching them recordkeeping skills. “When I was young and growing up, I looked at farming as a thing for people who have not gone to school. But as a…

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Professional Fellows Program Week 2 in Review: Gender in Agri-food Systems

Working at their internship sites four mornings a week, the fellows began to gain experience and quickly picked up new ideas to implement upon their return to East Africa. While working side-by-side, fellows and internship hosts exchanged best practices, shared anecdotes that revealed similarities and differences among approaches to agribusiness, and laughed together as they…

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AAP Ubuntu Project Pop-Up Outdoor exhibit

As a wonderfully creative new way of connecting communities and museums, a new collaborative project has come out of the AAP Ubuntu project and paid for by non-AAP funds. This project was inspired by an idea that Dreamfuel (Abie Collins and Alberic Vollmer) and Bonke Tyhulu (director of Nelson Mandela Museum) got when they visited…

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Justice Albert “Albie” Sachs Visit to MSU and Conferring of Honorary Degree

Justice Sachs was invited and hosted by the MSU Law School and was also supported by the MSU African Studies Center. According to ASC Director Jamie Monson, “I believe that Justice Albie Sachs — a lifelong activist and untiring supporter of human rights — embodies core values held by Michigan State University, values we seek…

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Advancing Young Women Agribusiness Fellows Program

On April 28, jetlagged but excited, 11 agribusiness professionals from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda arrived at Michigan State University to participate in the Advancing Young Women Agribusiness Entrepreneurs and Innovators Professional Fellows Program. In town for a month, the fellows participate in internships, seminars, and workshops, and take trips to urban farms, food hubs and…

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Akin Adesina: Agriculture, Women, and Youth Key to Africa’s Future

During a visit to campus to receive an honorary doctorate from MSU, Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank Group and Nigeria’s former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, led a discussion on the changing landscape of impactful research in Africa. Interviewed by Thom Jayne, professor in the department of Agricultural, Food and Resource…