Alima Wahala, a physically challenged farmer in Adamkologa, in the zebilla constituency of the Upper East region, has described her ‘Gold in the Soil Award’ nomination as the highlight of her year so far.
She said hearing about her nomination in the ‘Super Woman Farmer’ category brought tears to her eyes and has therefore encouraged her to continue on the path she is on.
She has expressed immense gratitude to Agrihouse Foundation, organizers of the annual Women in Food and Leadership Training Forum (WOFAGRIC), and Gold in the Soil Awards, for considering her worthy of recognition.
In a ‘Gold in the Soil Awards’ documentary produced as part of the Forum and Awards event, Alima shares her story of determination and vision, to make undeniable impacts in the country’s agricultural sector, in spite of her physical challenges.
She uses the opportunity to highlight concerns bedeviling women farmers in the country, importantly touching on women farmers with some forms of physical disabilities. But in spite of physical challenges, Alima is thriving as much as she can right now, and she shares it all in the documentary which will be screen at the event on June 24.
The theme for this year’s WOFAGRIC and Gold in the Soil Awards is, “Surviving, Thriving and Making Waves beyond the Pandemic,”
The two-day event explore ways to enhance women’s resilience and recovery from the effects of the pandemic. The event will enable women in agribusiness develop, improve and sustain new agricultural practices, as well as develop their business within this pandemic era and beyond.
Apart from the ‘Super Woman Farmer Award‘ there are other fourteen categories of the award scheme up for grasp. They include: She-Innovates Award, Climate-Smart Women Project Award, The Change Champion Award, Lady of The Region Export Award, Development Partner Award, Princess Carla Award, She-Operates Award, Outstanding Woman in Extension Services Award, Star Woman Agripreneur Award (Woman Agripreneur Award), Royal Agro Award, Diamond in the Rough Award, Feed to Food Awards – (Poultry, Livestock & Fisheries) and the ultimate, Gold in the Soil Award.
Out of the 45 women shortlisted, 15 women will be recognized and awarded, in the15 categories. The rest of the agri-women will receive consolation prizes ranging from fertilizer knapsacks to irrigation materials and pumps.
About the Gold in the Soil Awards
The GOLD In the Soil AWARDS, is an annual awards scheme, solely dedicated to contribute in strengthening and projecting a paradigm shift of celebrating women farmers, processors, marketers and women who are playing a role within the agricultural value chain, including women into Transportation, packaging, Technology, input dealers, etc.
The Awards moves from Region to Region yearly to search for these extraordinary women who contribute significantly to putting food on our tables daily. Their story is shared and broadcasted through a documentary series by the Agrihouse Foundation Team.
We hope by this, you will equally be inspired, empowered, motivated and encouraged to pursue your dreams! Women are indeed the seed and soul of our Agriculture!
You can equally join us on the 23rd and 24th of June at the Akayet Hotel to watch the full Gold in the Soil documentary and Awards!
The 23rd is the Women in Food and Agricultural Leadership Training Forum (Wofagric) and 24th, the Gold in the Soil Awards
The Women in Food and Leadership Training Forum (WOFAGRIC) and Gold in the Soil Awards, is sponsored by Canadian Embassy, YARA, ABSA GHANA INTERPLAST, OCP AFRICA, PEG AFRICA, LUMINANT ELECTRICALS AND RDF GHANA.
Collaborating Institution include, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), Women in Agriculture Development (WIAD) and the The National Farmers and Fishermen Award Winners Association (NFFAWAG)