The Leading African Women in Food Fellowship (LAWFF) Program

The Leading African Women in Food Fellowship (LAWFF) Program

Do you know any exceptional women leading in the Food Ecosystem? If so, we would love to meet them. AFC is currently accepting nominations for the Leading African Women in Food Fellowship, 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 goes beyond recognition; it actively promotes, celebrates, champions, and advances the work of successful nominees by providing them with recognition and access to critical resources.

The Leading African Women in Food Fellowship (LAWFF) Program is a transformative initiative designed to empower and celebrate women leaders in the African food and agriculture sector. Over a six-month period, the program provides training, mentorship, and a supportive community for outstanding female disruptors, entrepreneurs, policymakers, chefs, trendsetters, and storytellers. LAWFF actively promotes gender equality, contributes to poverty reduction, and fosters sustainable economic growth, aligning with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Award Categories

  1. Top Chefs in Africa: Culinary artists who, through their creativity and innovative cooking methods, are changing narratives about African food.
  2. Trailblazers: Accomplished change agents who have made ground-breaking contributions to the African food ecosystem and paved the way for others.
  3. 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.).
  4. Disruptors: Create or adapt tools, models, approaches, and/or harness technology to solve challenges within the food system (e.g., inventor, researcher, product developer, intrapreneur, etc.)
  5. Ecosystem Enablers: Private, public, and non-profit leaders who introduce and scale innovative products, ideas, and/or opportunities that contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive food system


  • Women only
  • Ages 25-40 years
  • At least three years of experience working in the agri-food sector
  • Demonstrable impact
  • A citizen of an African country
  • Resident in an African country at the time of application

Deadline: February 18, 2024

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