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Construction of 2022 Farmers Day Women Awardees’ Capacity through Policy Connection

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Twenty national top women farmers, chosen from throughout the nation, attended a capacity-building workshop in Koforidua to further their work in the agricultural value chain.

In order to fulfil the award packages given to the women during the 2022 Farmers Day Awards, the training was jointly hosted by Feed the Future (FtF) Policy Link Activity, a five-year project supported by USAID and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture with assistance from the FtF Mobilizing Finance in Agriculture (MFA) and Absa bank Ghana.

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The training concentrated on helping the women’s businesses grow through access to credit as well as a study tour of successful farms to learn best practises. This was in keeping with the theme of the previous year’s Farmers Day celebration, “Accelerating Agriculture Development through Value Addition,” and was based on an early assessment to determine the capacity needs of the women.

Women play a significant role in Policy Link’s operations, according to Mr. Yunus Abdulai, Country Lead, and the project will support national efforts to increase women’s engagement in the agricultural value chain.

According to him, the training was customised for their agricultural activities with the goal of improving their understanding of managing their activities as businesses so they could advance to higher levels.

In a speech delivered on his behalf, Mr. Yaw Addo Frimpong, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, stated that although the number of women receiving awards for best farmers has increased since the commencement of National Farmers Day, only one woman has won the title of best farmer overall.

“It took 20 years since the founding of National Farmers Day for a woman to emerge as the best national farmer in 2004, and it will take another 20 years in 2024. With this capacity building for our women farmers, I hope we will break that feat once more by having a woman as the best national farmer.”

The training, according to Madam Naa Adjeley, the 2022 National Best Female Farmer, was very enlightening and “opened our eyes to a lot of things which we ignored but which are very important in our farming activities.” She also expressed gratitude to the organisers for the opportunity and exposure they had received.

The programme was also lauded by Madam Ernestina Osei Tutu, the 2022 Eastern Regional Best Female Farmer, who said that it would be beneficial for both their personal and professional lives.

The ladies received certificates attesting to their completion of a training programme in leadership, business, and financial management.

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