Gender plays a pivotal role in the Market Development Programme for Northern Ghana (MADE). Ghana MADE does not only support women’s economic empowerment, but economic empowerment for all – a concept that necessitates the active participation of women in wage earning agricultural activities.
in some parts of the Northern Region and the Upper East Region, women complain of inadequate access to land for agricultural production
in the Upper West Region, access to land is not a problem for women but rather labour and production inputs constraints limit them to smaller plots of land for cultivation
women in the Upper East Region have no problem rearing and selling their livestock on their own
In the Upper West and Northern Regions however, women have to sell their livestock through men and therefore they cannot be sure of fair deals
Low productivity and market failures for agricultural outputs are the main sources of poverty in Ghana’s Northern regions, where women encounter greater difficulties than men in engaging in income generating opportunities. Indeed, as is often the case, women in the MADE project areas are more likely to engage in unpaid activities, such as house chores and providing labour in their husbands’ or parents’ farm.
All in all, a precarious access to land, combined with an overburden of house chores and limited access to agricultural inputs due to lack of access to finance, hamper women’s capacity to engage in income-generating activities and limits their ability to access education and skills services that can enhance their economic prospects.
Women’s access to agricultural production inputs, information and good agronomic practices (GAP), which have proven successful.
Women producers’ linkages to networks, through facilitating the creation of women groups where they can share experiences, and have better access to inputs and support services.
Women producers’ access to markets, an initiative supported, for instance, by Eden Tree – a large supplier of vegetables in Accra.
Access to BDS and finance for women traders and processors, which will be launched in Year 2 of the MADE programme.
We will provide regular updates on our project experiences fostering women’s economic capacity across all our interventions. For any queries, contact Theresa Baveng, our Gender Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org