CAMFED Ghana launches Agriculture Guide Programme to train women

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CAMFED Ghana, a non-governmental organisation, is on a mission to recruit and train 160 women under its newly-launched ‘Agriculture Guide Programme’.

CAMFEDThe initiative among other objectives aims to help women establish and run sustainable agribusinesses.

It also seeks to “build community resilience and ensure food security in the face of climate change”.

Under the programme, each of the trainees known as ‘Agriculture Guides’ will in turn train 10 more women on “Climate-Smart Agriculture” (CSA) practices, especially in rural communities.

CSA is explained as “a set of agricultural practices and technologies which simultaneously boost productivity, enhance resilience, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

It includes methods such as adoption of climate-resilient crop varieties, agriculture conservation techniques, agroforestry, water management, and improved livestock management.

Speaking at the launch in Accra, Ms Fairuza Safian, National Director, CAMFED Ghana, said the programme was part of CAMFED’s contribution to solving the threats posed by climate change in the agriculture sector.

She described the plan as an opportunity for beneficiaries to “develop sound climate practices, make connections, and access equipment needed for agriculture success”.

Ms Safian said “a technical working group” was constituted to design the curriculum which will be used to guide beneficiaries and sensitise them to climate-smart agriculture.

“…While contributing to addressing the climate challenge, the programme will also contribute to food security and position a core of young women to take up dignified and fulfilling careers in agriculture, agribusiness and agro-processing,” she stated.

The National Director reiterated CAMFED’s commitment to support the government to achieve its policy goals in various sectors as it worked to ensure “children are provided resources for their education”.

In a speech read on his behalf, Assistant Director, Crop Services, Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), stressed the importance of adopting solutions that “protect and build resilience” in the sector.

He said the Agriculture Guide Programme by CAMFED was in line with the Ministry’s vision of tackling the effects of climate change in the sector, and highlighted some government initiatives meant to ensure agriculture productivity.

He touched on some climate elements under the government’s Planting For Food and Jobs Programme (PFJ), and urged stakeholders to support CAMFED to achieve the objectives of the Programme.

Mr George Yaw Adorshie, Head, Communication and Strategic Partnership, CAMFED, explained the Organisation’s new strategic plan from 2024 to 2029, which he said included providing support for five million girls to access and progress through secondary schools in the five African countries in which CAMFED operated.

He said the Organisation intended to enhance its achievements and expand operations to four other regions in Ghana.

Ms Paulina Addy, Director Women in Agricultural Development (WIAD) at MoFa, highlighted the effects of climate on Agriculture and urged various partners to ensure the success of the Agriculture Guide Programme.

The technical committee for the development of the Agriculture Guide include representatives of universities, research institutions, entrepreneurs supported by CAMFED, Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the National Service Scheme.

Mr Christain Zico Agbebo, Programmes Manager, CAMFED, said apart from the first batch of 160 trainees, the programme would include National Service persons and other females interested in Agriculture.

By Ernest Nutsugah

3 COMMENTS

  1. Great opportunity to me is like God has been answered my prayer I am a managing Director who deal with women in farming.
    they are out growers in rural areas and they need organization that will partner me to train good agriculture practices.
    So I will be happy to get you on board.

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