Global Farmer Network member Patience Koku from Nigeria recently was the worthy recipient of The Cornell Alliance for Science Farmer of the Year award. Congratulations, Patience!
Patience Koku: 2018 Farmer of the Year
Jan 3, 2019 – By Joan Conrow
After building a successful career in Nigeria’s fashion industry, Patience Koku found herself disillusioned, unfulfilled. So she turned instead to farming.
Though Koku has found it far more satisfying to produce food than purses and shoes, she’s also encountered significant challenges, ranging from weeds, insect pests and erratic weather to outmoded agricultural policies that inhibit access to mechanization and good seeds.
Koku responded to these roadblocks with the same entrepreneurial approach that helped her excel in fashion — persistence, a commitment to success and a willingness to try new things. As a result, her Replenish Farms has become a model for good agricultural practices. Now she’s traveled the world for calling for greater access to innovation, especially in developing nations…
The Cornell Alliance for Science – January 2, 2019
Patience Koku, 2018 Alliance for Science Farmer of the Year, discusses how she uses her entrepreneurial skills on the farm, and talks about the value of adopting GMO crops in Nigeria.