Under the current Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) Fellows Program, PEP helps provide mentorship and capacity building to eight early-career African scholars.
PEP’s mentorship and capacity building support is facilitated through collaboration with Cornell University. Additional mentorship and capacity building support on gender-focused research is facilitated through collaboration with ICIPE.
Following PEP’s unique capacity building model, the STAARS scholars are matched with selected researchers and faculty members serving as mentors to ensure high quality evidence and publications in the selected research areas. The mentorship models involve both study visits to Cornell as well as distance coaching. STAARS early-career scholars are selected through a competitive process based on their research proposals or research papers.
The STAARS fellows have jointly authored papers with their mentors at Cornell University on topics relating to structural transformation in sub-Saharan Africa. PEP supports the publication of these research findings as working papers and facilitates the participation of fellows in scientific and policy conferences.
The STAARS fellows and their research projects
Spillovers from off-farm self-employment opportunities in rural Niger
Original research carried out under the PEP PAGE initiative
Diversify more or less? Household resilience and food security in rural Nigeria
Mentorship from Cornell University under a separate CGIAR research fellowship led by IFPRI on Policies, Institutions and Markets
Dr. Kibrom Araya Abay, Ethiopia
With technical mentorship support from Cornell University