Govt urged to assist rural women in agric

Nana Oye Lithur Minister of Gender,Children and Social ProtectionPolicy makers and the government have been urged to as a matter of urgency, adequately support women in the rural areas, to enable them to engage in resilient agricultural activities.

The Project Manager of Care International, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), in charge of the Pathways Initiative Project, Ms. Agnes Loriba, who made the call, noted that though women in the rural women areas contributed immensely to the agriculture sector, they were not fully supported to achieve their objectives.

She was speaking at the International Rural Women’s Day, at Garu, in the Garu-Tempane District in the Upper East Region.

The day, which was instituted by the United Nations (UN) and celebrated on October 15 each year, is used to recognise the contribution of rural women in improving food security and eradicating rural poverty worldwide.

The occasion, which was organised by NGO on the  theme:”The critical role and contribution of rural women in enhancing agriculture and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty”, attracted women groups, traditional and religious leaders, the District Chief Executive of the area, Mr. Albert Alalzuuga Akoka, and staff of the Assembly.

She noted that though rural women contributed immensely to the agriculture sector, they were not supported enough to achieve their objectives.

Ms. Loriba asked policy makers and the government to work with traditional leaders to ensure that rural women acquired land for agriculture activities.

She said the NGO would empower rural women to assist in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Ms. Loriba stated that CARE International through the Pathways, Adaptation Learning Practice and Micro Lead Projects, had empowered rural women in the Garu-Tempane District to go into soya-bean and groundnut farming and linked them to market through the value change approach.

She indicated that the NGO in collaboration with Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) and Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) and the Presbyterian Agricultural Station had built the capacity of rural women on access to good agronomic practices and linked them to community-based extension agents to provide agricultural extension services to farmers.

“All these interventions initiated by CARE International and its partners has led to 50 per cent increase in yield on rural smallholder women farms and boosting household food security as well as improving the nutritional status of women and children”,  the Project Manager disclosed.

Mr. Akoka, lauded the efforts of CARE International to assist women to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country, saying that if women were economically empowered, it would positively affect homes and society.

 

 -GNA

 

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