From punishment to passion


–  Dzidzinyo K Fianu: A remarkable farmer competing for the change champion award

Mrs. Dzidzinyo K. Fianu is a 45-year-old accountant turned full-time farmer, who has emerged as a prominent figure in the agricultural landscape of New Juaben south.

Mrs. Fianu’s journey into farming began during her childhood, when what started as a punishment from her father eventually ignited a lifelong passion for agriculture.

Driven by unwavering support and motivation from her father, Mrs. Fianu embraced farming and transformed it into a thriving business. Today, she cultivates a diverse range of crops including maize, yam, cassava, tomatoes, pepper, garden-eggs, rice, coco-yam and beans. Her dedication and commitment to farming has led to her success, evident in the impressive 20 acres of farmland she manages.

In addition to her crop cultivation, Mrs. Fianu has also ventured into livestock farming. She currently maintains a poultry farm with 350 birds and an impressive 120 snails, demonstrating her determination to explore various agricultural opportunities.

Mrs. Fianu’s remarkable achievements and contributions to the agricultural sector have not gone unnoticed. She is now vying for the prestigious Change Champion Award, which recognises individuals who have made significant strides in transforming the agricultural landscape through innovation, sustainabilityand community impact.

The Agrihouse Foundation’s Production Team, known for their dedication to spotlighting exceptional farmers for the Gold in the Soil Awards, has taken notice of Mrs. Fianu’s accomplishments. As part of their mission to document and celebrate outstanding women in agriculture, the production team is capturing the inspiring journey of Mrs. Fianu for the Gold in the Soil Awards.

The Change Champion Award presented by Agrihouse Foundation celebrates farmers like Mrs. Fianu, who have not only embraced agriculture as a means of livelihood but also contributed to the development of their communities. This coveted award honors individuals who embody resilience, innovation and a deep commitment to sustainable farming practices.

Mrs. Fianu’s story serves as an inspiration to aspiring farmers, and showcases the transformative power of passion and dedication. Her journey from a punishment-driven beginning to becoming a leading figure in agriculture is testament to the immense potential within the sector and the incredible impact individuals can make.

The Women in Food and Agricultural Leadership Training Forum (WOFAGRIC) & The Gold in the Soil Awards is an annual intervention organised and implemented by Agrihouse Foundation in partnership with Global Affairs Canada to recognise and celebrate the exceptional work of women farmers.

Agrihouse Foundation’s production team is presently embarking on a journey across all 33 districts in the Eastern Region. Their mission is to document the remarkable achievements of 62 nominated women farmers – and farmers with disabilities in the Eastern Region, for the upcoming 5th Women in Food and Agricultural Leadership Training Forum (WOFAGRIC) & The Gold in the Soil Awards. By shedding light on their outstanding contributions, the team aims to inspire others in the agricultural sector.

Travelling from district to district, the production team captures stories of resilience, innovation and success, showcasing the immense talent and achievements.

Their efforts aim to make a profound impact by highlighting the incredible contributions of women farmers and farmers with disabilities, who pave the way for a more inclusive, sustainable and prosperous agricultural sector that recognises the vital role of women in shaping the future of food security.

Global Affairs Canada has for the past five years shown a continued commitment to recognising the invaluable contributions of women farmers by sponsoring Agrihouse Foundation’s production team. Other key partners for this year’s 5th WOFAGRIC and Gold in the Soil awards include Yara Ghana and RDF Ghana LBG.

Agrihouse Foundation’s Production Team continues to chronicle remarkable achievements of women in agriculture for the Gold in the Soil Awards, whose stories are poised to resonate with audiences across the agricultural community and beyond.

The upcoming WOFAGRIC and Gold in the Soil Awards – scheduled for July 26-27 in the Eastern Region under the theme ‘Overcoming the Barriers to Women Agribusiness Development: The Role of Stakeholders’ – promise to be a momentous occasion. These events will bring together stakeholders, industry leaders, women farmers and farmers with disability to celebrate achievements, share knowledge and pave the way for a more inclusive and prosperous agricultural sector.

Regardless of the outcome, Mrs. Fianu’s journey stands as a shining example of how passion, determination and a love for agriculture can pave the way for remarkable achievements and contribute to overall growth and development of the farming community.

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