The 3rd Edition of the Women in Food and Agricultural Leadership Training Forum (WOFAGRIC) and Gold in the Soil awards will today, Thursday, 24 June 2021, recognise women in the agriculture value chain in the Upper East Regional capital, Bolgatanga.
The two-day event, which started on Wednesday, June 23, held training and capacity building session for the nominees to enhance their knowledge in agriculture and related trades.
During the training forum, Executive Director at Agrihouse Foundation, organizers of the WOFAGRIC and Gold in the Soil Awards, Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa said “the program will focus on rewarding excellence by recognising the efforts of our incredible agri-women, most of whom have unfortunately remained unsung heroes despite their mammoth contribution to the agricultural discipline. The event would identify such women, shed light on their endeavours and reward their industry and resilience”.
Madam Akosa further indicated her proudness to return to “this special platform that undeniably strengthens, mentors, and shores-up the capacity of women to do and achieve great things for themselves and the agricultural industry”.
The training forum offered an opportunity for the women farmers to interact with other agriculture sector stakeholders. Sponsors and supporters of the event also took turns to express their joy to be partners and further pledged their support to ensuring that farming is made lucrative for those in it.
Madam Elizabeth Gyebi of Interplast Ghana encouraged the agri-women to farm in groups for strength, efficiency and quality produce. She said group farming will reduce cost in acquiring and installing water system in their farms as the cost will be spread among many, adding that collectively they will achieve a lot at a reduced cost.
Meanwhile, a fellow at the National Board for Small Scale Industry (NBSSI) in the Upper East region, Mohammed Bukari, urged the women in agriculture to develop business plans for their farming activities. This, he said, will ensure they are making profit and will serve as evidence in seeking support.
Eunice Etwire at MOUP-Canada noted that women farmers have to embrace technology to boost production and digital marketing amidst the coronavirus pandemic. She added that, the Modernising Agric in Ghana driven by Canada also encourages women farmers to form groups to easily access support.
The nominees, brought together from the Upper East and Upper West regions, expressed gratitude for the event especially the training that they were given. They thanked the organisers and the sponsors for such an event and pledged to utilize the training to enhance their farming activities.
The WOFAGRIC and Gold in the Soil Awards is sponsored by the Canadian Embassy, ABSA Bank and YARA. The event is also supported by OCP AFRICA, RDF Ghana and PEG Power.