Vera Enyonam Osei Kwakye, a 43-year-old farmer based in Sunyani, is revolutionizing agriculture with her 64-acre farm, cultivating vegetables, cocoa, and managing a 50,000-capacity fish pond. Inspired by her mother and driven by a passion for farming, Vera started this venture in 2012 with her late husband. Now, she employs 24 workers, collaborates with universities and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) for training, and supplies markets in Kumasi and Accra.

Despite challenges such as soil issues and storm damage, Vera remains resilient, determined to overcome hurdles and continue empowering her community. Her innovative approach and commitment to sustainable farming practices have set a benchmark in the agricultural sector.

In recognition of her achievements, Vera Enyonam Osei Kwakye has been nominated for the Change Champion Award at Agrihouse Foundation’s 6th  Women in Food and Agricultural Leadership Training Forum and Gold in the Soil Awards (WOFAGRIC). The event, scheduled for July 9th to 10th, 2024, at Sunyani Technical University, underscores the importance of empowering individuals like Vera, who play a crucial role in agricultural development. Themed “Overcoming the Barriers to Women Agribusiness Development: The Role of Stakeholders,” this event will gather over 600 participants for discussions, workshops, exhibitions, and mentorship sessions aimed at fostering sustainable agricultural practices and economic growth.

For the past six years, the Gold in the Soil Awards have honored outstanding women farmers, farmers with disabilities, processors, and women across the entire agricultural value chain who have significantly contributed to Ghana’s agricultural sector. Supported by Global Affairs Canada and Yara Ghana, the event emphasizes the pivotal role of women farmers and individuals with disabilities in ensuring food security and promoting sustainable agricultural practices nationwide.