AWOLA (Africa Women Leaders in Agro-ecology) is a leadership career development initiative, with the aim of equipping women working on agroecology, sustainable agriculture and food systems with leadership skills.


  • Mentorship: The actual mentorship will entail a process where mentee and mentors who are at different scales and career levels develop supportive relationships around their professional and personal capacities.
  • Training: AWOLA will support mentees in a 1 year program (through virtual and face to face sessions), who will be trained to become leaders and effective negotiators.
  • Development of leadership innovation ideas: The mentees and mentors will be supported to work on innovation ideas.


  • The AWOLA mentees and mentors will be identified through a competitive selection process that will include assessing their experience and leadership potential in agroecology, agriculture, and food systems development.
  • Potential mentees and mentors will respond to an open call for application that will require them to demonstrate their suitability
  • A selection panel of experts in agroecology, agriculture, food systems and leadership will review the applications. The final selection will be carried out by the AWOLA advisory panel.