African Fellowship Reception at the House of Commons

27.11.09

Principal at the African Fellowship reception at the House of Commons A prestigious reception was held at the House of Commons by the Royal Agricultural College and The African Fellowship Trust (AFT), to celebrate the success of the African Land and Fellowship Programme.

African Fellows studying at the College were joined by staff, sponsors and speakers for a special drinks reception in the delightful surroundings of the State Rooms, where they were welcomed by David Campbell OBE (Chief Executive Officer).

Speeches were given by Shane Lunga (Chairman of the AFT), The Rt. Hon John Bercow MP, David Campbell OBE, and Dr. Richard Baines, who concluded with an impressive presentation incorporating inspirational views on the Trust's future.

Now in its fourth year, the Programme offers Fellowships to graduates working in southern Africa's agriculture, food and natural resources sectors, which are vitally important for the security and prosperity of the region.

RAC Vice-Principal, and African Fellowship Trustee, Paul Davies, expressed particular appreciation; "Both the AFT and the RAC are very grateful to the Rt Hon Speaker Bercow for his continuing support for our leadership development programme.  The aims and work of the Fellowship Trust are critically important for the future of Africa.  Speaker Bercow's support is vital, strengthening our vision for the future.  The State Rooms were a spectacular setting and made for a very enjoyable evening. We will continue to build on encouraging strong support for our African Fellowship activities."

African Land Fellowships

Fellowships are offered to Africans mainly from Southern and East Africa who have experience in agriculture, food or natural resource exploitation and management; an interest in land reform; and a desire to make a strategic and sustainable contribution to Africa's development. In short, tomorrow's innovators and leaders.

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