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Ghana : Farmer organizations in Africa recognized for role in promoting food security.

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the African Investment Climate Research (AFRICRES) recognized outstanding efforts by Farmer Organizations (FOs) across Africa in promoting food security on November 28, 2013 at a gala event in Accra, Ghana. The 2013 African Farmer of the Year Awards (AFOYA) event was organized to recognize and reward smallholder farmers throughout Africa for their vital role in promoting food security. In all, 15 FOs from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Uganda received awards in five different categories including: Income Diversity, Youth and Female Participation, Advocacy, Governance, and Market Access. Impabaruta, a Rwandan Farmer Organization, emerged as the overall winner.

It is expected that these awards will motivate FOs to improve their performance by strengthening their capacities to ensure efficiency. Through this, FOs will be better placed to provide efficient services for their members to promote their work.

In his congratulatory message, the Lead Coordinator of AGRA's Farmer Organization Support Centre in Africa (FOSCA), Mr. Fadel Ndiame, thanked the farmers for their contribution to Africa's agriculture and economy. He urged them to do more, and not to rest on their laurels.

"African Farmer Organizations are playing a central role in promoting and driving agricultural transformation processes in Africa and that is why AGRA and AFRICRES deemed it necessary to recognize your efforts. It is our hope that these awards will motivate you to continue to put food on our tables and generate even greater revenue for Africa through agriculture," Mr. Ndiame stated.

Below are the winners in each category:

1. Income Diversity Award

National Union of Coffee Agribusiness and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE), Uganda - Winner

Kenya National Federation of Agri Producers (KENFAP) , Kenya - 1st Runners Up

FASO JIGI/ PACCEM from Mali - 2nd Runners Up

2. Youth and Female Participation Award

NAIMA Development CBO, Kenya - Winner

Impabaruta, Rwanda - 1st Runners Up

New Generation Commercial Farmers, Nigeria - 2nd Runners Up

3. Advocacy Award

Schemers Community Based Organization, Kenya - Winner

National Small Holder Farmer Association of Malawi (NASFAM), Malawi - 1st Runners Up

L'Union Des Societes Cooperatives Des Producteurs De Mais, Mali - 2nd Runners Up

4. Governance Award

Hekima Horticulture Self-Help Group, Kenya - Winner

IABM, Rwanda - 1st Runner Up

Konapindibu Financial and Agricultural Farmers, Sierra Leone - 2nd Runner Up

5. Market Access Award

Union of Groups for Marketing of Agriculture products Mouhoun (UGCPA/BM), Burkina Faso - Winner

The Lord Is My Shepherd, Ghana, - 1st Runner Up

Owefwe Obwambami Self-Help Group, Kenya - 2nd Runner Up.

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Date:Dec 11, 2013
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