The Women In Food And Agricultural Leadership Training Forum & Expo (WOFAGRIC) and the Gold In The Soil Awards is a pro-women recognition, empowerment and capacity building –platform conceived by Agrihouse to add further verve to efforts already in place by government and other stakeholders to assist women in the industry through capacity building and empowerment.
The maiden edition of the event last year (2019), held in the Volta Region sought to assess the impact women have, in shaping and directing the conversation on production, processing and marketing, and how farm related components of rural economy can contribute to income generation and employment.
Stoutly supported by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Women in Food and Agriculture Development (WIAD), The Canadian Embassy, National Farmers and Fishermen Award Winners Association, Ghana and The Volta Regional Coordinating Council, the event provided a sound basis for advocacy. Over eight hundred women were empowered within 2-days, with over 85% of them, recording business growth and a mindset change within a short time.
This year’s edition, set for August 6-7 2020 in the Ashanti Region, has been laced with soft skills and competence-based training sessions designed to provide a platform for knowledge transfer from industry stalwarts to participants.
Agrihouse believes that a commitment to training women farmers is a guaranteed means of breaking the vicious cycle that leads to rural poverty- Because the nurturing role that women play in families makes them a crucial linkage to improving the capacity of large sections of society.
Gold in the Soil Award, an award component of initiative seeks to appreciate outstanding achievements of women producing along the entire agricultural value chain (from production through to processing, branding and marketing). It is essentially an awards scheme that showcases the efforts of women agripreneurs, celebrate their achievements and contributions to economic growth of their community and country, through a documentary.
The spotlight is focused on the nominated women’s farms and businesses, and tells their story through a documentary series that dwells on passion, drive, excitement, challenges, short- and long-term vision, in a way designed to inspire and mentor viewers.
The style of the event is to rotate the venue from Region to Region annually, thereby unearthing heroic women in each Region and ultimately supporting to build a strong and organic data of women who are passionately working to make our lives better by putting food on the table.
Women recognized for Awards are either nominated or selected. This year, a new Award category, “She Operates Award”, has been added to the categories, making it a total of fifteen (15) categories in all. The category details and description can be found on our website www.agrihousefoundation.com
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