Emmanuel Okyere Boamah wins innovation category at Forty under 40 awards
Agriprenuership Development Manager at Agri-Impact Consult, Emmanuel Boamah Okyere has received an award for innovation at the 5th edition of the prestigious Ghana Forty under 40 awards.
Out of the three nominees in the Science, Technology and Innovation category, Mr Boamah was adjudged the winner.
The event came off on October 8, 2021, at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
Agri-Impact Consult is spearheading the exploration of greenhouse production in the country.
Under the auspices of the Ghana EXIM Bank, they provide Ghanaian youth with jobs in the agriculture sector.
Speaking on TIE Conversations, hosted by CTN Technologies’ Ida Padikuor Na-Tei, Emmanuel revealed that the aim of the project is to cut the importation of vegetables into the country while producing employment.
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The Awards scheme puts the spotlight on these young achievers not only to celebrate them but also build a strong platform for them by giving a voice and opportunities to the next generation of industry pacesetters, whiles building a positive attitude in our youth to strive for excellence at a tender age.
It is under the supervision of an Awarding Board with eminent members of the society comprising; Prof. Atta Peters, Dr Ken Kwaku, Prof. Essilfie Conduah, Dr Ato Conduah and Dr Paul Fynn.
The annual event is organized by Xodus communications, handlers of the Ghana Oil & Gas Awards, Ghana Auto Awards, Ghana Aviation Awards and Ghana Manufacturing Awards.
Emmanuel Boamah Okyere holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Geography and Rural Development from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
As a youth graduate who was given an opportunity outside his area of speciality in 2014, he is fast becoming one of the few Greenhouse Expert in Ghana in the Greenhouse Technology Industry.
His desire is to support and promote the massive production of vegetables which will reduce importation and help address issues of Food and Nutrition Security which has become a global objective of many nations especially in this period of this global pandemic, COVID-19.
He is at the forefront of promoting Agri-Technopreneurship not only in Ghana but across Africa. This technology he believes will eventually attract the teeming youth into agribusiness to help address the issues of unemployment.
Due to his affable nature, commitment and dedication to work, he has on several occasions been nominated by his company (AIC) and thus, received both domestic and international exposure and training in his field of work.
Some of which include;
· Organized Farmers as Partners in Agribusiness (CDI -Netherlands)
· Youth in Agriculture Conference by FAO/AU (Kigali, Rwanda)
· Food &Business Applied Research Fund Third International Workshop (Ethiopia)
· Bamboo Greenhouse Technology Training (India)
· Development of Vegetable Production Curriculum (Phase 1) (GIZ, CAADP &ATVET, Ghana)
· Integrated Pest Management & Food Safety (CDI, Netherlands)
· Training on Strategic Agribusiness Incubator Management (CURAD, Uganda)
Emmanuel has also trained over 150 youth in greenhouse production, supervised production activities for 100 greenhouses in 6 regions of Ghana as well as provided Market facilitation for growers under the Youth in Greenhouse Enterprise Project (YUGEP) funded by the Ghana EXIM Bank..