The Sung Bie’la Foundation Ghana under its Women Empowerment Project has selected 45 women to embark on cultivation of soya beans in Binduri District in the Kusuag Traditional area of the Upper East Region, to improve on their livelihood.
The Founder of the organisation, Hajia Zenabu Awinbe Salifu made this known in a statement copied the Ghanaian Times after the launch of the ‘Farming for Livelihood’ project in the district last year.
According to her, the initiative would not only empower women but also provide jobs for them to be able to support their families and the district at large.
“My team and I do not only want to support these women by empowering them, we also want to provide jobs for them to be able to sustenance their family and the district at large,” she said in a statement.
Hajia Salifu said, it was important for women to be empowered to strengthen standard of living since they were central to agriculture and make strong contribution to food security and nutrition at both the household and community levels in the country.
However, she said women in the northern part of the country had little or no empowerment due to lack of education, high rate of windows and non-supportive families and spouses which had led to truncate standard of living in these communities.
Hajia Salifu, a human resource practitioner, stated that Women were of vital importance to rural economies in the country that was the reason the organisation selected those numbers to embark on the cultivation of soya beans in the Binduri District.
“These women were congregated into three groups for effective and efficiency monitoring and coaching on modern farming skills, the foundation at the end of the farming season, will resell the seeds and give the capital back to these women to start up other businesses since the northern sector has only one farming season,” she noted.
She said organisation met with the women last year and they embraced the project and ready to ensure the success of it.
“The foundation through its partners and donors made available the farms lands, farm tools, seedlings, adequate fertilisers and other materials to ensure the project achieve its purpose,” she stated.
The founder said the foundation also provided a resource personnel from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to empower them on new ways of farming for bountiful harvest.
“Sung Bi’ela Foundation Ghana, are most grateful to all partners and donors, not forgetting these deprived women who made this project a successful one,” she said.
By Times Reporter