MEDA Grow Project Empoweres 23, 000 Women in UWR
By: Ida T. Nakaar
The Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), with support from the Global Affairs Canada, has ended implementation of its Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) project which has empowered about 23, 000 women in the Upper West Region being.
Operated in eight districts in the Upper West Region, the 20 million dollar project was funded by the Canadian Government with the aim of empowering women for income sustainability and to enhanced food security among families in rural communities.
The Country Project Manager, MEDA, Madam Karen Walsh, revealed this in Wa on Thursday at a GROW Fair to award the hard working women farmers and officers who had worked tirelessly in contributing to the nation’s food basket through the production of soybeans.
Madam Walsh noted that with support from their implementing partners including ProNet North, Centre for the Alleviation of Poverty, Environment and Child Support CAPECS, the Tumu Deanery Rural Integrated Development Programme, Partnership for Rural Devlopment Action and the Community Aid for Rural Development, they had over the six years of the project the project implementation, trained women how to grow soybean for home consumption and for the market.
She was grateful to the women for the bold step they had taken to venture into the agricultural sector to improve their lives, families and their communities.
On her part, a representative from the Global Affairs Canada, Madam Corey Huntington, commended the women for their hard work and contributions towards growing the agricultural sector.
She urged them to continue with the good work they had started and should not relent on their efforts in the production of soybean.
The Upper West Regional Director, Department of Women, Madam Charity Baatuure, encouraged the women to take what they had learnt very seriously, noting that in recent times, women in the region were viewed as bread winners of their families.
She observed that their decision to be part of the GROW project to enhance their capacity to grow more nourishing food for their families and communities and to improve their agricultural production and processing with particular focus on soybean cultivation was in the right direction.
About 55 women farmers and officers who had distinguishing themselves among the lot in the GROW project were awarded with certificates, bicycles, mobile phones, cutlasses, MEDA branded T-shirts, soybean inoculants among others.
The award winners expressed gratitude to MEDA and its implementing partners for taking the initiative through the GROW project to improve their economic status in their respective communities.
They assured MEDA and its partners of their readiness to make good use of the skills they had acquired from the project to the benefit of their communities and the nation at large.
“I do not know how to thank MEDA for this exposure, I do not know what I would have done with my life without the GROW project’s, an award winner, Madam Ernestina Faa-obr said.
According to her the project’s focus on women was the best opportunity that every woman could experience, since it had strengthened their capacities in soybean cultivation.
“Before the project I struggle to take care of my family, but now I am able to cater for my children and even help my husband to meet some of his needs”, Madam Faa-obr recounted.