Over 60% of smallholder farmers in Ghana are women whose activities are mainly for subsistence. They faced challenges of land tenure, inadequate access to improved and high yielding seeds, poor agronomic practices and the absence of linkages to service provides such as inputs, tractor service, financial service and market. These result in food and nutritional insecurity. However, this project is reversing this trend by building capacities, strong value chain and sustain incomes for women.
Agriculture is the predominant occupation of two third of the working population in Ghana, and over 60% are smallholder women farmers. Their livelihood has a direct bearing to the land they till for food. Lack of women access to arable fertile lands, inability to access credit, quality high yielding seeds, tractor services and importantly poor knowledge in best agronomic practices. This project will affect 1,000 smallholder women farmers in Ghana aimed at enhancing livelihoods and raise incomes.
The project will provide trainings using farmer school model, introduce improve small scale technologies, seed, agronomic practices and develop value chain linking women farmers to service providers and market. Lead farmers will act as sales agents providing ready market at the community level. Nutrition trainings and utilization of soybean will be conducted. The project will engage effectively with stakeholders to for secure land tenure for their farming.
The project will directly reached 1,000 smallholder women farmers with indirect beneficiaries of 5,000, who will be food secured with improved nutrition and incomes. Women will become financially sustainable leading to increased status of women, gender improved roles and their participation in decision making processes at the household and community levels.