Many female farmers in the Northern, Upper West and Upper East regions have complained about their inability to participate in the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme and other policies being implemented by the Akufo-Addo government.
In six farming communities of the three regions up north, these female farmers have expressed worry over the apparent exclusion of women from the programme.
A research conducted by the Ghana Trade and Livelihood Coalition (GTLC) revealed that although these women are aware of these policies, they find it difficult to enjoy the intervention due to its gender bias.
The Coordinator of the GTLC, Ibrahim Akalbila, told Class91.3FM’s Mohammed Gadafi in Tamale during a workshop that the programme must be modified to take account of women farmers so that it can make the necessary impact.
According to Mr Akalbila, the GTLC conducted a number of studies this year, specifically on gender-responsive budgeting with regard to the Planting for Food and Jobs, One Village-One Dam, One District-One Factory and One District-One Warehouse programmes.
“Men were benefitting more than women but of course, women were more aware of it,” he stressed.
Mr Akalbila further explained that more women farmers are being educated than their male counterparts, adding that this year’s figures have increased as compared to those of the last two.