US Ambassador in Ghana
In the Northern Region at Gizaa-Gunda, The US Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie S. Sullivan, inaugurated a shea butter processing facility. Shea butter processing facility will support emerging economic opportunities for those six hundred women who collect and process shea nuts.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with the help of United States government supported the processing facility and warehouse construction.
Shea is one of the few agricultural crops in Ghana in which Ghanaian women control the revenue.
During the inauguration ceremony, efforts of the Ghanaian women highlighted to promote women’s economic empowerment through partnerships that connect Ghanaian women producers with U.S. buyers.
Ambassador Sullivan said, “The United States supports key projects like this to promote economic growth and job creation in Ghana, so that young people may build a future of prosperity here at home for the benefit of all citizens and their communities”.
USAID and the Global Shea Alliance (GSA) catalyzed the partnership to develop the shea butter processing facility and warehouse in association with Presbyterian Agricultural Services (PAS), a local buying company (Savanna Fruits Company), and the local community for the Sustainable Shea Initiative (SSI) project.
USAID launched the Sustainable Shea Initiative project in 2016 in association with GSA. With the five-year partnership, it is a US$18 million, to promote sustainable expansion of the shea industry in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo.
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