Women in agriculture demand more support

Women farmers have called for the introduction of robust agricultural policies that favour females to inject dynamism in farming practices towards ensuring food security.

A group of females in agri-business, who matle the call, said the Government should come out with comprehensive programmes to aid women access credit facilities, secure lands and receive special training to facilitate their farming activities.

The policies should also seek to remove inimical traditional and cultural practices that prohibit females, particularly, rural women farmers, from owning landed property and business entities.

The women were speaking to the Ghana News Agency at the Super Champions for Change Women’s Conference.

More than 100 women across the country took part in the two-day forum where members of the Women in Agribusiness Network of Ghana (WIANG) engaged in networking, learning and information sharing sessions on opportunities and new technologies in agribusiness.

The conference was to enable the participants to improve their skills and knowledge in entrepreneurship and ways of doing farming as business and to be inspired to start and grow their own agribusinesses.

Mrs. Helena Azu-Adjei, the Gender Desk Officer, Farmers Organisation Network in Ghana, hailed Africa Lead for building the capacity of rural women farmers.

She said Ghanaian women required inclusive agricultural policies that would persuade women to apply their new learning skills and technologies to boost yields.

“I have had so many trainings organised by Africa Lead, through them, we have been able to seek for funds to celebrate women annually where we invite policy-makers to talk on favourable agric policies that will favour our women,” she said.

Women are said to be supplied with agricultural inputs like cutlasses, wheelbarrows, hoes and wellington boots during the occasion.

“What I am saying is that our women now need favourable policies to move on, putting in place the enabling environment will motivate them to produce more,” she said.

Mrs. Azu-Adjei, who is also WIANG’s Coordinator, said her organisation had trained many women in Bowohonmoden in the Brong Ahafo region on food security, CAADP principles and women’s involvement in the decision-making process.

The Executive Director of Savannah Integrated Rural Development, Hajia Alima Sagito Saed, noted that leadership training was fundamental in agricultural commercialisation and mechanisation.

She said: “I noted that leadership is key in everything that you do, so if the leadership is not strategic, we begin to have a challenge of transforming any action that we want to do, and it could be agriculture or anything.”

“What we are doing as an organisation is strategically working within our women groups.”



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