Agrihouse Foundation has shortlisted 50 out of 131 nomination forms received from women working in the agriculture value chain in the Upper West and Upper East regions in the northern part of Ghana. The nominees, 25 from each region, will battle it out for 15 categories in the 3rd Edition of the Gold in the Soil Awards and Women in Food and Agricultural leadership training forum (WOFAGRIC).
This year’s WOFAGRIC and Gold in the Soil Awards is under the theme, “Women in Agric – surviving, thriving and making waves beyond the Pandemic”. It is targeted at recognizing women farmers, aggregators, buyers, input dealers, traditional leaders, transporters, and other agriculture value chain actors and stakeholders. The event is set to take place in Bolgatanga, the Upper East regional capital, on June 23rd and 24th at the Akayet hotel.
According to Agrihouse Foundation, the Women in Agricultural Leadership Training Forum (WOFAGRIC) and the GOLD in the Soil Awards, has engineered a paradigm shift of strengthening and projecting women in agribusiness. It has nurtured a recognized agribusiness community where the sharing of business knowledge and industry innovations is at the forefront of helping women excel in the sector.
Selected nominees in the Upper West region expressed joy and gratitude to the organizers of the awards, Agrihouse Foundation, and its sponsors for the recognition given them. They made this known during the documentary shooting for the 25 nominees in the region.
According to the CEO of Mara Organic Foods, Maria Johanna, her nomination is out of sheer luck as there are many equally qualified women out there. She added that, the opportunity will boost her business.
Meanwhile Alice Vinyogiba Mwaabo, a poultry farmer, lamented over the hikes in prices of poultry feeds but was elated that, gaining nomination into the Gold in the Soil Awards is a morale booster for her to do more.
On her part, Tracy Rashida Alhassan Bawa, a young farmer, said winning the award will encourage young women like her to embrace farming and agribusiness.
This will be the third edition of the awards for women in the agribusiness. The first (2019) and second (2020) editions of the WOFAGRIC and Gold in the Soil Awards were held in the Volta Region and Ashanti Region respectively. The event is supported by the Canadian Embassy, ABSA Bank, YARA Ghana, RDF, Peg Africa, OCP and Interplast Limited.