The Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network’s (FANRPAN) annual awards of excellence in agriculture were presented at the Royal Swazi Sun.
The award for Food Security Policy Leadership was made to Her Majesty, Queen Mother Ntombi, Indlovukazi of Swaziland, the award for the Civil Society Policy Mover and Shaker went to Happy Shongwe and the Excellence in Agricultural Journalism Award was made to Mantoe Phakathi. The Queen Mother was awarded for, among, others, her leadership with various agricultural innovations in Swaziland. These include the mushroom farming project which was originated on her request and was run by TICA in cooperation with Thailand’s Phra Dabos Foundation and Swaziland’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.
The project addresses food security and generates income for the country’s farmers and creates jobs for local women. She also secured a goat market for Swazis in the Seychelles. As part of this initiative, Swazi goat breeders export their goats to the Seychelles.