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FAO honours two Ghanaian Nationals for their contribution to the Agriculture sector in Ghana at the 31st National Farmer’s Day

Mr. Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative to Africa interacting with the awardees
08/12/2015

05 December 2015, Bolgatanga – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as part of its 70th anniversary commemoration, has honoured two Ghanaians with “FAO Commemorative Medals” at the just ended 2015 Farmers Day held in the Upper Eastern Region of Ghana.

 Mallam Issah Seidu and Mrs. Lydia Sasu received their medals from Mr. Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative to Africa, for having demonstrated exceptional and outstanding contribution and collaboration with the FAO in enhancing Agriculture, Food and Nutrition security in Ghana through their work at national and grass root levels.

The awardees

 Mallam Issah Seidu, a technocrat and now a practical on-the-ground farmer, has worked on the local and international scene bringing development to the agricultural sector at national and community levels over a period spanning more than 30years.

 He has under his cultivation over 100 acres of high value crops including mangos, butternut squash, okra, chilies under rain fed and irrigation together with about 100 out growers cultivating on their own fields and feeding his nucleus estate.

 He served as Ghana’s Alternate Permanent Representative to FAO, IFAD and WFP between 1995 and 1999 contributing  to the programme delivery of the UN agencies in Ghana.

As the Director of Policy Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture where he retired, he facilitated policy alignment and translation to the field for improved agricultural services delivery.

 Mallam Seidu also led the development and implementation of many initiatives which has brought benefits to the country at large. Examples include Preparation of the Northern Rural Growth Programme, Coordination of relief activities of the 2007 Northern Floods an FAO and UNDP emergency support project, and Coordination of the World Bank sponsored Agricultural Services Sub-sector Investment Project, among others.

Mrs Lydia Sasu, on her part is a well-grounded small-scale farmer, an advocate for women in agriculture, and a skilled trainer and educator. She worked for the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Ghana at the Department of Women in Agriculture for several years.

 She took part in the coordination of the FAO’s “Freedom from Hunger Campaign for Development” which led to the birth of the “Development Action Association (DAA)” in 1999.

 Through her collaboration with the, Ministry of Food and Agriculture and other Ministries, the FAO and other international organizations she has contributed to the development of the FAO Chorkor smoker, a local kiln which has gained international recognition, educated over 600 women in numeracy and book-keeping in rural communities and supported the Fish and Cassava processors at rural communities.