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Revise Covid-19 Stimulus Package to Target Rural Women– Madam Alima Sagito Tells Government

The Executive Director of the Savannah Women Integrated Development Agency SWIDA-Ghana, a nongovernmental organisation based in Tamale in the Northern region, Madam Alima Sagito Saeed, is recommending the establishment of a special stimulus package specifically targeted at rural women.

She argues, “rural women remain the anchor to the nation’s production based in their efforts towards building back better” thus the need to fashion government social interventions towards supporting them.

“We have noted in particular, that the requirements for accessing government’s stimulus packages have excluded the majority of rural women”.

While recounting the lack of access to agricultural production equipment such as tractors, combined harvesters among others as a great challenge burdening the rural women, she reveals these challenges limit their productivity and ability to expand production in agriculture.

“We highly recommend the revision of these requirements to cater for the specific needs of rural women”.

Since 2008, October 15, every year is celebrated as the United Nations International Day of Rural Women. A day set aside to recognize the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.

Meanwhile, as the world increasingly faces global warming as a result of climate change, concerns have been raised on the need to address the impacts including the essential roles played by rural women and girls, hence this year’s celebration acknowledging the vital role that rural women play in climate action with a spotlight on the rural women and girls building resilience.

In the Nakpanzoo community in Tamale in the Northern region, SWIDA) Ghana, jointly celebrated the day and the launch of Women Climate Justice Solutions in Agriculture project with some rural women.

Over 400 rural women from six districts in the Northern region participated in the celebration.

The 2020 celebration was on the theme “Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19”.

Madam Alima  Sagito Saeed, the director of SWIDA-Ghana is urging stakeholder to consider working with member-based Forest and Farm Producer Organizations (FFPOs) for example, to facilitate the provision of tailor-made equipment for rural women.

Again, she called for a greater investment in forest and farm value chains through the delivery of micro and small irrigation for year-round production, provision of tailor-made extension services especially for women, warehousing to support product aggregation, equipment supports for value addition and support in the area of market development.

Yakubu Memunatu, a participant at the event called on traditional authorities to make farmlands available for rural women bemoaning how female farmers struggle with their male counterparts during farming seasons for parcels of land for cultivation.

By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe-Nakpanzoo|www.zamireports.com|Tamale.

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