The CA Awards was established in 2014 by ACCA international secretariat to honor and recognizes achievements in conservation agriculture and other sustainable agriculture in Africa. the CA Awards, during the 1ACCA saw recognition of 9 much-deserved recipients in Africa whose outstanding achievements on promotion and adoption of conservation agriculture was noticeable.
Based on the Award Category, after the due established selection criteria and procedure through competitive process presided over by high-level international committee members, the following winners were awarded their titles during this First Africa Congress on CA:
Awardee Per Category
|Award Title||Region||Awardee Name||Organization||Profile|
|The Conservation Agriculture Challenge Award||West Africa, Burkina Faso||Mr. Harouna Sawadogo||ROPPA (Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et de Producteurs de l’Afrique de l’Ouest||Harouna Sawadogo from Burkina Faso under the ROPPA (Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et de Producteurs de l’Afrique de l’Ouest. ROPPA represents about 45 million small producers, cattle farmers and fishermen, to whom the national organizations deliver advice, support and diverse services for the promotion of their activities and profile. ROPPA strengthens the capacities of African Farmers Organizations to defend the interests of their members and to influence the policies linked to agriculture, rural development and food security. http://tinyurl.com/mn6oawt .|
|The Media Award:||Institution||Southern Africa (Zambia)||National Agricultural Information Service (NAIS)||Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Zambia||NAIS is a media house under the umbrella of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in Zambia. This communication wing has extensively covered conservation agriculture on radio, national television and in the press. Under radio, NAIS is able to broadcast CA programmes in English and the seven major local languages which farmers, who are usually based in rural areas, have access to. For television, news items and detailed documentaries on how best farmers can utilise the CA technologies are broadcasted. For the farmers who would want to refer to the published technologies, their needs are met through newspaper articles on CA by NAIS. http://www.youtube.com/embed/8krJvDlxI8Y?feature=player_detailpage%22%20frameborder=%220%22%20allowfullscreen|
|Journalist||Eastern Africa||Mr. Victor Muyakane||Kenya Broadcasting Corporation||Mr. Victor Muyakane is a Kenya Broadcasting Corporation Journalist who has been active in CA information dissemination through features on KBC TV in Kenya. He has passion for CA since 2013 when he got exposed to Conservation Agriculture through a field visit organized by ACT. Some of his works can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1it6xZC and http://tinyurl.com/nuluvkn|
|Upcoming CA Farmer Award:||Eastern Africa||Ms. Hellen Masibo||Smallholder farmer, Kenya||Ms. Hellen Masibo is a smallholder farmer, Kuywa Village in Chwele, Bungoma County in Kenya. She is CA Farmer adopter and has over time expanded her CA acreage from Zero to 3 acres (all her cropping land) and wishes to open up more land as the labour demand has gone down as a result of CA practices. She is also Farmer trainer on CA technology and has mobilized other groups to sensitize them on CA in her region. Besides, she has also made presentations on various stakeholder forums on her CA successes and challenges. Her award was sponsored by CCARDESA; http://www.ccardesa.org/news/item/19/|
|Southern Africa||Mr. Sinoya Phiri||Smallholder farmer, Zambia||Mr Sinoya Phiri is a small holder farmer in Kafue district, a major maize growing area in Zambia practices his Conservation farming on 1.5ha of the family farm since 2008, but current during 2014 farming season, Sinoya leased some additional 3.5ha to increase his area under cultivation. His current activities include field crop cultivation, a chicken run and a piggery operation.
Mr. Sinoya stopped conventional farming immediately after being exposed to conservation farming practices resulting in yield increase of maize from 60 to 300 by 50 kg bags on the same piece of land. He has converted another 134 farmers to CA by training them. Additional information about Phiri can be access on http://www.ipsnews.net/2009/07/zambia-conservation-agriculture-gaining-ground/ or www.daily-mail.co.zm/…/2010-conservation-farming-transforming-rural
|Ms. Lughana Mwaghano||Smallholder farmer, Malawi||Ms. Lughano Mwangonde, a farmer in Malula, Balaka, Malawi, has continued to practice CA over the years. She has expanded her application of the practice where now 2.5ha of her land size is under conservation agriculture from the initial 0.2 ha in 2004.Through farmer to farmer contacts, Field days and other extension approached, Ms. Mwagonde has convinced over 200 farmers that have adopted CA in her locality.|
|West Africa||Mr. Yahaya Kima||Smallholder farmer, Burkina Faso|
|North Africa||Mr. Azeddine Elbrahili||Smallholder farmer, Morocco|
|Conservation Agriculture Champions Award:||Southern Africa||Conservation Farming Unit (Conservation Farming Unit)||Non-Governmental organization.||Since 1996 the CFU has built a closely knit team dedicated to the promotion of Conservation Farming starting in Zambia and spreading over the years to cover Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya. Using a farmer led extension approach; the CFU has been the force behind the uptake and up scaling of CA in Zambia where an average of 150,000 farmers are trained four times a year every year. Using a network of selected partners in the East and Southern African region, the CFU has reached another 200,000 farmers per year since 2010 contributing the much needed up scaling of CA in Africa. More available on; http://conservationagriculture.org|