Awards for the best farmers’ organizations in Africa
At the 2013 annual Africa Farmer’s Organization Award ceremony, eight out of 16 awards presented went to P4P-supported farmers’ organizations. The ceremony took place during the Africa Farmer Organization Conference in Ghana, where farmers met to share ideas and experience to improve their productivity and income.
The 2013 Africa Farmer Organization Award was organized by African Investment Climate Research (AFRICRES) in partnership with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), with support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The purpose of the event is to recognize the vital role played by farmers’ organisations in promoting sustainable agriculture across the continent.
Awards were given in five key categories: governance and accountability; income diversity; advocacy; female and youth participation; and access to markets. P4P-supported farmers’ organizations were represented among the winners in all categories. Winners of each category received US$ 8,000 per farmer organization, 1st runners up received US$6,000 and 2nd runners up received US$ 4,000.
Dr. Hannah Bissiw, Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture delivered the keynote address.
“The smallholder farmers play an important role in the economies of many countries but are not often recognized. I hope this awards programme will encourage farmer organizations to expand their work and increase their income. Africa has the potential and is capable of feeding itself if farmers are supported to produce more food to ensure food security,” she said. The minister also appealed to the private sector to recognize agriculture as a viable business and to take advantage of the opportunities it offers by investing in the sector.