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Strengthening Gender Responsive Agricultural Development

Kumasi, GHANA— On November 9, 2017 the Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT) with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through Feed the Future’s Agriculture Policy Support Project held a forum to discuss women’s participation in Ghana’s agriculture sector. The objective was to increase public awareness on women’s participation in the agriculture sector and shed light on the policies that encourage women empowerment and productivity. Policy discussions were held on the relaunched Gender Agriculture Development Strategy (GADS) II, the Land Bill— and their incorporation into the Government of Ghana’s agriculture policy initiatives and programs: “Planting for Food and Jobs,” “One District One Factory,” One Village One Dam and the Ghana Integrated Plan for Agriculture Development (GIPAD), also known as the “Agriculture Marshall Plan.” The forum served as a platform for 60 stakeholders from women’s rights organisations, women farmer groups and other representatives from the public sector—who are all crucial actors in Ghana’s agriculture development. The forum encouraged participants to advocate for evidence-based and gender-responsive policies in the agriculture sector to strengthen their access, control and ownership of critical agriculture resources. This event was organized through the Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, in collaboration with the Network for Women’s Right. In Ghana, Feed the Future works to create the enabling environment for private sector participation, increase investment in Ghana’s agriculture, boost the nutritional status of vulnerable populations, and link farmers to markets opportunities. About Feed the Future Feed the Future is the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative. With a focus on smallholder farmers, particularly women, Feed the Future supports partner countries in developing their agriculture sectors to spur economic growth and trade that increase incomes and reduce hunger, poverty, and undernutrition. For more information, visit: About Agriculture Policy Support Project The Agriculture Policy Support Project (APSP) is a five-year Feed the Future project, with the goal to improve the food security-enabling environment for private sector investment. The aim is to increase the capacity of the Government of Ghana, the private sector and civil society organizations to implement evidence-based policies, conduct research and advocacy and perform rigorous monitoring and evaluation of agriculture programs implemented under the Medium-Term Agriculture Sector Investment Plan (METASIP). About Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana The Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT) is a network of civil society organizations and individuals who have a clear interest in working together to promote women’s rights in Ghana through critical analysis of the gender dimensions of national processes and policies and advocate for policy change.


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