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World Vision Holds Training On Gender Equality BA/R

The World Vision International (WVI) in collaboration with the Atebubu Development Programme (ADP) has organised a three day gender equality training for partners on its SATISFY project.

 

SATISFY is a five year food security programme implemented by the WVI and funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) with the overall objective of improving the food security status of men and women in poor rural communities of the Atebubu-Amantin and Kintampo South Districts of Ghana.

According to Mrs Miriam R. Iddrisu Regional Gender Advisor on SATISFY, the exercise was aimed at improving knowledge, attitudes and skills of participants to create gender responsive institutions, policies, programs and projects with the objective of empowering women to play a major role in efforts at achieving food security.

She took participants drawn from mainly the district assembly, ministry of food and agriculture, national commission on civic education, Ghana health service, forestry commission and farmer based organizations through gender definitions and concepts, analysis, roles, needs, equity, equality, empowerment and mainstreaming.

She quoted a Food and Agricultural Organisation FAO 2010-11 report which said reducing gender inequalities in access to productive resources and services could produce an increase in yields on women’s farms at between 20 and 30 percent which could raise agricultural output in developing countries by between 2.5 and 4 percent.

Mrs Iddrisu said women participated along the entire agricultural value chain, contributing as producers, distributors, processors, stores and marketers as well as being responsible for feeding their families.

She thus proposed the increase in the proportion of women extension officers through the use of quotas, gender specific and modified recruitment criteria, leadership training for women and the modification of traditional extension services using ICT in a bid to grant women access to productive resources and services.

Mr Fred Goba, the Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist on SATISFY touched on key performance measures which include food availability, affordability, accessibility, quantity and utilization which he described as important to food security adding that hindrances to agriculture such as finance, land, technical knowhow and modern equipment must be addressed if food security is to be achieved. 

He touched on the World Vision’s mandate to achieve food security for all by raising levels of nutrition, improving agricultural productivity, natural resource management and the improvement in the lives of rural population.

Mr Goba also spoke about linking farmers to institutions like Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), service providers like banks and agro input dealers as well as marketing opportunities to better their lot.

Source: ISD (Daniel Oduro-Stewart)

 

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