Women group is advocating by the Northern Women Development Association (NORWDA) in the Northern Region, they are publicly recommending and supporting women to access to farmlands from their male fellows. Rural women all over the Northern Region contribute very much to the agricultural production and are extremely dependent on agriculture because agriculture is their source of income and livelihood. Up till now, most of them are not getting secure rights and access to land which is the most vital agricultural asset.
This has made it difficult for women in the Northern Region and the district to get financial independence, and this making them largely dependent on their husbands. According to the women group, their incapability to have access to farmlands denies them the ability to set off the efforts of their husbands in catering for their children financially. They said their appeal to have equivalent access to farmlands does not mean they are competing with their male counterparts. To a certain extent, it is aimed at reducing the load on their husbands and also getting their financial independence.
The group members also said if they are given the chance to have access to farmlands, they will be able to twice over their inputs, in that way increasing food production in the region and Ghana in general. They further added that due to the long-standing biased cultural practice where farmlands are solely accessed by men, it has limited production capacity, livelihood, and income of women in the region and the Nantong District. Therefore, they are calling and appealing to all stakeholders in the Nantong District to respond to their concerns and allow them access to farmlands. The advocacy is funded by the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge Fund (BUSAC Fund) and their partners – USAID, EU and Danida.
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