|Vesta Nunoo, Grants Manager, FARA Photo by Benjamin Abugri, FARA|
Vesta Nunoo, Grant Manager, the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
“Sophie and I had the delight of meeting Vesta when we traveled to Benin in October 2017 to report on the capitalisation workshop of the Platform for African-European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD). In a room full of mostly male researchers, Vesta radiated confidence and positive energy”.
She was particularly encouraging and supportive of our ideas for the policy brief that we were commissioned to write reflecting on the workshop’s outcomes, and we have continued to work with her on a number of other PAEPARD assignments.
As a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana, and with a Master’s degree in Project Management, Vesta is justifiably self-assured in her role as Grant Manager for FARA. Through her work at the Forum, as well as in supporting the Ghana Research and Advocacy Program and Sub-Saharan African Challenge programme, Vesta has facilitated agricultural research projects that have the potential to transform African agriculture and boost the food security of the continent’s most vulnerable populations.
In Benin, for example – where 23% of the population is estimated to be nutritionally insecure – PAEPARD and FARA have supported a project that trained at least 1,500 women soybean processors to develop stabilized soy milk. Stabilizing the milk has extended shelf life from just 24 hours to up to 6 months and, with access to improved processing technologies, the women’s soy milk production has tripled. The increased production and shelf life of the soy milk has not only boosted the protein intake of 11,000 families in southern Benin, but also benefited the women processors’ incomes.”