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
Women need first-hand information and knowledge about new agricultural technologies to have a say on how family farms are run. Understanding that families are a unit of production directs how the SAIRLA-funded GALA project supports small-scale farming households to achieve sustainable legume intensification. The project team recognise the gender issues involved and the constraints women may face in adopting a family-centric learning approach. The first step is to improve their access to information and knowledge on farming techniques.
The global demand for food is set to increase significantly. With smallholder farms in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) representing 80 per cent of all farms in the region, and contributing up to 90 per cent of food production in some countries, smallholder agriculture is seen as an effective means of reducing poverty and hunger in low-income countries - but only through sustainable access to markets.
This new Working Paper from SAIRLA introduces the different perspectives on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification (SAI), the possible pathways leading towards increases in agricultural productivity as well as the trade-offs that exist between the overall approaches and between elements of them. The paper aims to inform SSA stakeholders as they contextualise SAI in diverse national and local contexts and in the wider global context. In turn, SSA stakeholders will seek to inform and engage decision-makers to as to what constitutes an effective enabling environment that will enable poor African smallholder farmers, especially women and youth, to benefit from SAI and agricultural development in SSA.
Download Understanding different perspectives on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and how it can be achieved, SAIRLA Working Paper 1.
Authors: Jeremy Haggar, SAIRLA Research Lead and Duncan Sones, CABI-GALA project
My visit to the Gender and Legume Alliance project in Northern Ghana started with a film-screening. Sitting around a village square, half an hour outside Tamale, in the dark, with children cross-legged on the ground in front and adult sitting or standing around behind me women on my left, men on the right; all waiting expectantly. Then the generator started, and the show began, with music videos and slap-stick comedy from local entertainment stars – I couldn’t understand a word as it was all in the local language but the images and rhythm of the music, as well as the laughter from the crowd, was all that was necessary to appreciate the scene.