Ghanaian given grant to solve economic challenges

Miss Gloria Tetteh-Kubi, a graduate student at the University of Cape Coast, has been named as one of the recipients of the Ideas Matter Fellowship Programme.

The fellowship programme supports the research of young academics in West Africa focusing on women, technology and entrepreneurship.

Named alongside Miss Tetteh-Kubi were Miss Akomoun Blandine Kapko (Benin), Université d’Abomey-Calavi and Miss Osemudiamen Anao (Nigeria), University of Benin.

The USD$4,000 grants will allow recipients to solve some of the most trenchant health and economic challenges facing Africa today.

MissTetteh-Kubi will investigate measures aimed at reducing widespread pesticide use in cowpea cultivation, contributing to poverty reduction, food security and biodiversity conservation.

Miss Akomoun Blandine Kapko will develop an inventory of plants used in the traditional treatment of typhoid fever, further working to identify and isolate their active properties.

Miss Osemudiamen Anao will explore the health effects of a toxic common component of e-waste capable of acting as an endocrine disruptor, carcinogen and neuro-development toxicant.

In this inaugural competition, the Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowship programme received 63 applications from graduate students representing 10 West African countries and fields as diverse as biology, agronomy, political science, medicine, public health, chemistry and pharmacy.

While only 17 of the 63 applicants were women, the three applications which rose to the top were all submitted by young women – attesting to the growing role of women in science and technology.

The competition was organised and funded by West African Research Association, and The MasterCard Foundation respectively.

The West African Research Association is devoted to the promotion of research and scholarly exchange between and among West African and US scholars and institutions.

The MasterCard Foundation works with visionary organisations to provide greater access to education, skills training and financial services for people living in poverty, primarily in Africa.

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