Empower women in agriculture – Deputy Agric Minister

The Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, Mr Yaw Frimpong Addo, has called for the empowerment of more women, especially the dis­abled, to thrive in agriculture by providing them with the needed support.

According to him, the coun­try was currently enjoying food security due to the contribution of women in the sector.

“Women make up more than half of Ghana’s agricultural labour force with many engaged in ploughing, planting seeds, har­vesting, processing foods, selling and cooking. If not for our wom­en, we will be very hungry in this country and so it is important to give them the maximum support to enable them thrive and I be­lieve will have significant impact on the nation,” he stated.

Mr Addo was speaking at the 5th Women in Food and Agricultural Leader Training Forum and the Gold in the Soil Awards organised in Koforidua by Agrihouse Foundation in collaboration with World Food Programme, Global Affairs Can­ada and Yara Ghana.

The forum and awards, on the theme: “Overcoming Barriers of Women in Agribusiness: The Role of Stakeholders” awarded 13 women in different categories, who have made significant strides in farming and its related value chain.

The winners received equip­ment and machines to enable them improve their work for their benefit and for society.

Madam Margaret Agyei received the Ultimate Gold in the Soil Award and was given a tricycle, farming equipment and agri-products.

The other winners included Naana Felicia Akyeamah who won the Passion for Farm Award, Change Champion Award; Mrs Dzidzinyo Fianu, Princess Carla Award; Enerstina Osei Tutu, Outstanding Woman in Exten­sion Services Award; Delali Esi Agyeman, Feed to Food Award; Lydia Gyebi Asare and Devel­opment Partners Award, Global Affairs Canada and World Food Programme.

The others were She-Oper­ates Award, Hajara Mohammed; She-innovates Award, Abigail Ghama; Climate Smart Award, Doris Opoku Hagan; Diamond in the Rough Award, Adwoa Agyeiwaa; Star Woman Agri­preneur Award, Faustina Mamle Nartey; and Royal Agro Award, Nana Obaapanin Konadu Kontie II.

The Director and Head of Cooperation at Global Affairs Canada, Kathlyn Flunn-Dapaah, stated that Agriculture continued to be the backbone of Ghana’s economy, where many women were employed but faced several challenges including inadequate access to financing and agri­cultural inputs to increase their yields and incomes.

She said empowering women in agriculture could improve the sector significantly, and called on government to ensure their policies including Planting for Job favoured women to excel in agriculture and agribusinesses.

For her part, the Executive Di­rector of Agrihouse Foundation, Alberta Nana Akyea thanked the sponsors for their support over the years and stated that Agri­house would continue to make significant impact on improving the lives of women farmers and people with disabilities in the agricultural value chain.


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