A farmer from Oti Region, Mrs. Mary Nandi, has advised agricultural sector players to design value chain programs with gender-equitable principles to foster both competitive and gender equality goals to enhance poverty reduction impacts.
She called for the involvement of women farmers in the agribusiness value chain to enhance their livelihood. Mrs. Nandi urged the government to support women to strengthen the agribusiness value chain from farm to retail, input provision, production, post-harvest processing, transportation, marketing, and sales through essential investments.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Tamale. Nandi said the low participation of women farmers in demand management roles in rural markets had resulted in their inability to access private-sector organised markets as part of the value chain.
She said most women farmers in the country were less likely to participate in activities of marketing on account of limited freedom of movement, and low access to infrastructure, information, and networks.
She called on stakeholders to create sustainable, competitive, and equitable value chains, which would assist women farmers.