Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) with support from Global Affairs in Canada has held the final Greater Rural Opportunities for women Project (GROW) fair at the Jubilee park in Wa the Upper West Region’s.
The Project, Greater Rural Opportunities for Rural Women (GROW) started some six years ago with the objective to help women in rural communities in the Upper West Region upscale the production of Soya beans to feed their families as well as augment incomes.
With support from five local implementing partners ,PRONET North, TUDRIDEP, PRUDA, CARD and CAPECS, the GROW project operated in eight districts in the Upper West Region, supporting rural opportunities and access to extension information and markets for female farmers.
To date, GROW has seen 21,500 farmers harvest over 13,430.3 hectares of soya beans with a yield of 14,632 metric tons of the crop.
GROW farmers have earned 6.4 million cedis (1.9 million CAD) to support their families.
At the final GROW fair in Wa, a total of fifty –five (55) farmers from MEDA local implementing partners were awarded in eleven categories.
The categories included Best GROW Farmer, Best Grow lead farmer, Best Conservation agriculture farmer, Best Seed Producer, Best GROW Group, Best Sales Agent, Best Male Gender Activist and Best Field Officer.
They were awarded with Mobile phones, Bicycles, sixty (60) kilograms of seed, hoes and cutlasses.
The Country Program Manager for MEDA, Karen Walsh speaking at the fair said through the GROW Project 23,000 women have been empowered to cater for themselves and support their families.
She said GROW also enables women farmers to learn more about farming techniques and connects them to lucrative markets.
She stated that though the project was folding up in the region, it has help to improve food security in the Upper West Region of Ghana.