Commonwealth Local Government Forum

Ghana: planting for women and youth

24 July 2019

 

CLGF, in partnership with the Asunafo North Municipal Assembly, is creating jobs and providing food for women and young people through a rice planting project.

 

The simple agricultural project, which is part of the activities to localise the Sustainable Development Goals, is making a real difference to famililes in this area, which has its municipal capital in Goaso, Ahafo Region of Ghana.

 

Forty farmers, made up of 30 men and youths together with ten women, have been employed to work on a regular basis on the 15 acre rice farm, the location of the project, situated between the Bitre Adeeyepena and Akuapem communities of the municipal assembly.

 

Another outcome of the project is that it has trained more than 100 farmers in the modern techniques of rice farming.

 

CLGF West Africa Regional Programme officer Ms Joyce Ekuful visited the project in June to speak to some of the farmers and learn more about the project. They all agreed that the project has been of enormous help to them, as they are now able to develop their own private rice farms using the income they have received from working on the project. 

They did, however, express a need for support, getting subsidies for agricultural products such as weedicides, pesticides, nets, tarpaulin and harvesters for their farms. 

 

Ms Ekuful said: "It is so gratifying to see how much the farmers are benefiting from this initiative. If they are able to commit to the work of this project, as well as their own private farms, the area could one day receive acclaim nationally for its contribution to the country's rice production."  Ms Ekuful promised to convey this request to the municipality's management and wished the farmers well for the future. 

 

This project entitled: localising the SDGs by planting for food and Jobs for women and Youth is part of the wider initiative to publicise the SDGs and help people understand how they relate to daily lives on a practical basis. 

 

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