Funded by the UK Department of International Development, the Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Research and Learning in Africa (SAIRLA) project is a five-year programme (2015 to 2020) that seeks to generate new evidence and design tools to enable governments, investors and other key actors to deliver more effective policies and investments in sustainable agricultural intensification (SAI) that strengthen the capacity of poorer farmers’, especially women and youth, to access and benefit from SAI.
Media participant and active member of the SAIRLA Ghana National Learning Alliance, Ama Amankwaa Baafi has been adjudged the Best Agricultural Reporter (print) for 2017 by the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA). Ama was among 36 journalists who were recognized for their outstanding work and contribution to national development during the 23rd edition of the GJA awards that took place on Saturday, 27th October 2018 at the Kempinsky Hotel in Accra.
Ama’s story titled “Lack of Research Blamed for Fall Armyworm Invasion” that won her the award sought to draw the attention of government and high level decision makers to the fact that agricultural research has not been given the needed attention and that has resulted in the devastation the Fall Armyworm (FAW) incidence has caused to the nation’s agriculture.
Sharing the news with colleague members on the SAIRLA Ghana NLA platform, Ama indicated that she got most of her story ideas from her participation in SAIRLA Ghana NLA activities and other CABI engagements. Through these, she got well enlightened on current agricultural issues including the FAW. She therefore expressed deep appreciation for the opportunity to be part of these projects that have contributed immensely to her award winning feat.
Ama has been a very active member of the Ghana National Learning Alliance under the DFID-funded Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Research and Learning in Africa (SAIRLA) programme which was launched in February 2017. She has attended and participated in almost all the NLA’s programmes and activities including social learning engagements and dialogues on topical sustainable agricultural intensification issues including the FAW incidence and pesticides use, alternate protein feed sources for livestock, and gender and climate-responsive investments. From her participation in these programmes, Ama has published several articles related to the above-named Ghana NLA social learning themes in Ghana’s leading newspaper, the Daily Graphic and on their online portal, graphic business online.
Another media participant of the SAIRLA Ghana NLA, Christian Akorlie also won an award in another category: Best Reporter – Small and Medium Scale Enterprises.
SAIRLA Ghana NLA wishes to congratulate our two members for their hard work and distinguished contribution to Ghana’s agricultural and development efforts that have won them these prestigious awards