The chairperson for the Network for Young Woman Empowerment (NYWE), Ida Nakaar, has appealed to the chiefs and landlords in the Upper West Region to give the woman farmer fertile lands for farming. This she calls growing together with women for collective development.
According to her, determined women farmers end up losing hope in farming because, continuously they are offered less productive lands for their farming activities. She thus placed a hearty call to traditional authorities to release fertile lands to women farmers. This will at least reduce the challenges being faced by the rural women, she said.
Miss Nakaar made the appeal during a capacity building workshop organized by the NYWE in the Upper West Region to mark this year’s International Rural Women Day. The celebration was themed, “Recognizing the Critical Role and Contribution of Rural Women in Agriculture”
Madam Ida noted that, the over politicization of good policies like the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) initiative is denying the rural women from reaping the benefits of the program. She nonetheless urged the rural women not to relent in their efforts despite the many challenges confronting them.
On her part, Vivian Danuor, an Agronomist and Agribusiness development adviser challenged the rural women to identify their strengths and work on them. She encouraged them to speak out their challenges so as to get them addressed better. Madam Danour further urged the women to embrace technology to sell their farm produce, noting that, technology will open the rural woman to the rest of the world.
Meanwhile the Regional Officer at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) in charge of Women in Agricultural Development, Barikisu Alhassan Jangu, advised the rural women to ensure that, the right combination of food stuff is employed in cooking nutritious meals for themselves and their families. This will help maintain their strength and keep them healthy to continue producing to feed the rest of the nation, she indicated.
Madam Leticia Salia, a participant, thanked the organizers for the workshop which she described as educative and interactive. She used the opportunity to appeal to stakeholders in the agricultural sector to support women in farming more especially with the right fertilizers and mode of application.