‘Invest In Female Farmers’
Government has been asked to make significant investment in female farmers in the rural parts of the country.
51 percent of women in the rural areas engage in farming in order to contribute their quota to the development of the nation.
Joyce Larko Steiner, a Senior Programme Manager of the Christian Council of Ghana, speaking at the 3rd Post Day forum in Accra, stressed the need for government to support women farmers to improve food security.
“We have to promote food security, limit the worst forms of child labour in the country and beyond,” she added.
Larko Steiner, who doubles as Human Right and Gender activist at the council, explained that the programme was part of plans to promote the rights of children and food security, which will last till 2013.
Commenting on the theme, “strengthening the rural woman’s participation in agriculture-enhancing food security,” she said the programme was aimed at promoting the rights of children in the country and Africa as a whole.
According to her, the programme intends to address the challenges of female farmers.
She further stated that since the establishment of the programme few years ago, it has equipped rural women in farming on the proper use of fertilizers, among other laudable initiatives.
Alex Agborkey Tetteh, Chief Fisherman from Ningo Prampram in the Greater Accra region, commended the Christian Council of Ghana for offering such platforms.
“We are grateful to the council for their foresight and passion to educate rural farmers as well as female farmers in the quest to contribute their quota to the development of the country,” he stated.
According to him, his 55 years of experience in fishing would enable him to assess events in the industry.
He urged farmers and fishermen not to involve children in their daily activities.
The farmers, who were mostly drawn from Volta, Eastern, Western and Greater Accra regions, were educated on some safety measures in farming and fishing.
By Portia Anaman-Agbodo