A lecturer at the Department of Animal Science, Dr. Julius Kofi Hagan has been adjudged the third best African Scientist in the third Africa-wide Science Competitions for Women and Young Professionals in Science organised by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).
The competition was on the topic “Feeding one billion in Africa in a Changing World” and the winners were presented their awards at the Sixth FARA General Assembly.
Dr. Hagan’s research on the topic “Introducing heat-tolerant genes into exotic chicken for improved egg production under hot and humid environments” won him the enviable award out of the over 500 applications that were submitted. For his prize, he received digital camera and $1,500 cash, books.
The competition aims at recognising and rewarding the contributions of African women scientists and young professionals who are involved in: Pioneering and innovative research, technology development and engineering; Communicating their research results and technological developments; Advocating for policy change and influencing policy processes through their research, education and outreach programmes to transform the agricultural and rural sectors – reduce hunger, improve prosperity, sustain the natural resource base and build resilience of African communities.
Additionally it is intended to raise awareness on the need for valuing and sustaining the engagement of women and young professionals in science and facilitating their contribution to Africa’s socio-economic transformation.