The Leading African Women in Food Fellowship

AFC is proud to announce the launch of the Leading African Women in Food Fellowship, an ambitious program aimed at supporting changemakers who are making outstanding contributions/impact in the African food ecosystem. This initiative will amplify, celebrate, champion, and advance the work of these female food changemakers.

Fellows will be selected through a structured nomination process, reviewed by expert independent judges, and announced in April 2023

  • Women only
  • Ages 25-40 years
  • At least THREE years’ experience working in the agri-food sector.
  • Demonstrable impact
  • A citizen of an African country
  • A resident of at least one African country as at the time of application
There will be a public voting process before selection of the fellows.
Nomination deadline: 8th March 2023 at 11:59 PM WAT (GMT+1)
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The fellows will be selected from five categories based on their
current activities and impact on the food and agriculture landscape, including:


Create or adapt tools, models, approaches, and/or harness technology to solve challenges within the food system (e.g., entrepreneur, inventor, researcher, product developer, intrapreneur, etc.)


Accomplished food and agriculture entrepreneurs who have made ground-breaking contributions to the African food ecosystem and paved the way for others.

Food/Beverage Narrative Changers

Story-tellers 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.).

Program Timelines

Nomination and Application - February-March, 2023

Public Voting - March, 2023

Selection Committee Review - March – April, 2023

Award Ceremony - April, 2023

Mentoring and Training Session - May – September, 2023