A major and leading fertilizer producing company in Ghana, Yara Ghana, has disclosed its intention to sponsor the training of women at this year’s [2nd edition] annual Women In Food and Agriculture Leadership Training Forum and Expo (WOFAGRIC) and Gold In The Soil Awards which will place on Thursday 6th to Friday 7th August 2020, in Kumasi.
Yara Ghana, since its inception, has supported women in agriculture enhancing events and will fund two major training sessions in production and market accessibility.
Details in a recent press release issued by the organizing body, Agrihouse Foundation, indicate that the training session on Production will be on the topic: “Giving women farmers support to enhance their productivity and market the food they produce through e-commerce channels“; whereas the session on Market Accessibility will be on the topic: “Effective ways for women in agriculture to increase their ability to produce food for their communities during Covid-19 and beyond.”
The Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation, Ms. Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, expressed their appreciation for Yara’s consistent support and elaborating on the value of the event.
She said “Yara Ghana stands out as one of Ghana’s exemplary corporate organization that has generously given support to the development of Ghana’s agriculture sector, and women in agriculture in particular.”
“Indeed, the success of WOFAGRIC in empowering and nationally appreciating our women’s contribution to agriculture today is owed hugely to entities like Yara Ghana who, figuratively, have held our hands right from the start of this journey”, she added.
She also indicated that “as a matter of fact, I could say that, under our programmes, Yara has supported the training of Ghana’s farmers with the same corporate visionary zeal with which they have effectively supplied agric inputs to the sector.”
“Of course, WOFAGRIC itself also stands out as unique women targeted programme solely given to empowering the Ghanaian – with skills, knowledge, resources, and a befitting sense of accomplishment in recognizing their immense and amazing contribution to Ghana’s agriculture sector and food supply, in particular, through the equally unique Gold In the Soil Awards. So, it is a relevant and women empowerment event for any development minded corporate organization to want to identify with”, said Ms AKosa.
This year’s edition of the WOFAGRIC has activities that cover Training, Panel Conversations, Mentoring, and Capacity Building Sessions that cover topics like Finance, Market Accessibility, Production, Leadership, Agri Power Women roundtable, the WaveMaker session, the Mentorship session, Gathering Of The Royals, Empowerment Talk (Fire In My Heart; Grace In My Soul Motivational Drive).
It is out of these inspiring and educative sessions that Yara Ghana has made it a point to sponsor the very strategic subjects of Production and Market Accessibility.
The WOFAGRIC and Gold In The Soil Awards is an event that provides mentoring, networking, and learning designed for the benefit of women in agricultural sector. Its targets include farmers, agripreneurs, key stakeholders, development partners, researchers, farmer groups, government agencies, businesses, civil society, investment, and professional advisors, as well as corporate organizations.
The theme for the 2020 edition is: Transforming and Sustaining Women in Agriculture: The Role of Public, Private and Development Partners.
The interesting part of the WOFAGRIC event is the Gold in the Soil Awards which, equally, is a women-focused awards ceremony that beams the lime-light on women working and excelling in the field of agriculture.
This awards scheme recognizes and rewards pioneers and trailblazers; women who push the boundaries along the agriculture value chain.
The Gold in the Soil Awards showcases the efforts of women agripreneurs, celebrate their achievements and contributions to the development of their immediate communities and the overall economy of Ghana.
This aspect of the awards scheme is conveyed through a special documentary focused on the nominated women’s farms and businesses, whilst telling their story of passion, drive, excitement, challenges, short- and long-term visions, in a way designed to inspire and mentor viewers.
According to the press release, this year’s WOFAGRIC partnered by the Ministry of food and Agriculture (MOFA), Women in Agric Development (WIAD), and the National Farmers and Fishermen Award Winners Association of Ghana (NFFAWAG), has notable sponsors such as Canada, Absa Bank, LK International, RST, who are contributing immensely to make this 2nd WOFAGRIC and Gold In The Soil event a national empowerment asset.