Full list of winners of 2020 Gold in the Soil Awards
In trademark fashion, organizers, Agrihouse Foundation combined advocacy and knowledge transfer to great effect by rallying key stakeholders who collectively set a lively agenda for increased support for women in agriculture.
A panel presentation on: Post Covid 19 and Beyond: “Assessing and understanding the challenges and opportunities for women in Agriculture” got the event on its way in the Ashanti Regional Capital, Kumasi while training sessions bothering on finance also addressed: “Identity – Access and Appraisal for obtaining credit or loan- Value Chain Optimizations”
“How can women build long-term resilience in future crisis through sustainable mechanization and Technology?”; “Giving women farmers support to enhance their productivity and market the food they produce, through e-commerce channels”; “Effective ways for women in agriculture to increase their ability to produce food for their communities during Covid- 19 and beyond”; “How do we ensure that the primary drivers of the sector – the smallholder women farmers – are included and empowered, and their economic outcomes enhanced?”; were some of the insightful topics that helped bequeath holistic knowledge to participants.
The highlight of the event was an award presentation dubbed: Gold in the Soil Awards, where various deserving women farmers were recognized for their astounding contributions to the growth of agriculture in their community and the country at large.
The Gold in the soil award was spread across fifteen (15) categories that include; Passion for Farm Award, She Innovates Award, Super Woman Award, Women in Extension Services, Star woman Agripreneur Awards, Diamond in the Rough Awards, Feed to Food Award, She Operates Award, Change Champion Award, Royal Agro Award (Queen mothers), Lady of the Region Export Award, Climate Smart Women Project awards, “Princess Carla” Award, Development Partner Award and the most coveted, Gold in the Soil Award.
Activities for the two-day event included Gold in the Soil Award Viewing, a session dubbed: At the Table – Agri Power Women, an ‘Aspire to Be’ Mentorship Session, Training & Presentation on: Business opportunities for Women in Agribusiness, Competence Based / Soft Skills and Exhibitions.
Enthralling sessions dubbed: Gathering of the Royals Dialogue: Lead & Impact stories, Fire in My Heart; Grace in My Soul; Wave – Maker Talk, Gold in the Soil Documentary & Awards and Exhibitions complete the itinerary for the event.
Award nominees who clinched honours included:
Passion for farm award – olivia Agyeiwaa (plantain, pepper, yam, maize, onions)
She innovates – Cecilia Anaba (Rice Cultivation and rice processing)
Outstanding Women in Extension – Francisca Asare Bediako (WIAD Director, Maize, cowpea, beans)
The Super woman Farmer Award – Yaa Kessewaa (Cocoa, plantain, cocoyam, cassava)
Diamond in the rough award – Ramatu Amadu (pepper,Maize,Okro)
Royal Agro Award – Nana Akua Nima Theresa (Cocoa,plantain)
Feed to foods Award – Akosua Tiwaah ( Poultry farmer)
Princess Carla Award – Rebbecca Aboagye ( Rice, Cocoa, plantain, Maize, yam, cassava)
The change Champion Award – Md. Portia Asumda ( Shea butter, Num oil, dawadawa and pabol rice)
Star Woman Agripreneur Award – Nana Pomaa Antepim ( Pig and rabbit rearing, Maize and plantain farming)
She operates – Joy Okrah (Soya bean, maize, sorghum, sisamen and Fonio)
Climate Smart Women Project Award – Edith Akosa Wheatland (Poultry Farmer)
Development Partner Award – Canadian High Commission
Gold in the Soil Award – Cecilia Akoka (Maize, Pepper, plantain, tomatoes, cassava, yam, groundnut, Rice)
Lady of the region export – Nominees
Award recipients were drawn from all 43 districts in the Ashanti Region with Cecilia Akoka (Maize, Pepper, plantain, tomatoes, cassava, yam, groundnut, and Rice farmer) emerging the overall winner by clinching the coveted Gold in The Soil Award.
The initiative received sponsorship support from, The Embassy of Canada, Absa and Yara Ghana.
The partnership-support of Ministry of food and Agriculture (MoFA), Women in Agric Development (WIAD), and the National Farmers and Fishermen Award Winners Association of Ghana (NFFAWAG) was equally instrumental to the success of the initiative this year.