Farmerline Hosts Workshops for Women in Agriculture

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The Women Advancing Agriculture (WAA) Initiative builds on Farmerline’s existing technology and business model to effectively advocate for increased gender equality and access to information for women in Ghana.

More than half of the Ghanaian population is involved in agriculture. Yet many female agricultural workers lack sufficient access to work opportunities, modern farming techniques, land ownership and formal financing due to the disparity between gender roles in the household.

As only 29% of women living in the Northern rural regions of Ghana are literate, Farmerline has recently launched the Women Advancing Agriculture (WAA) Initiative, which will send educational voice messages in local languages directly to the mobile phones of female agricultural workers. Audio content will be location-specific and provide actionable information on best farming practices, regional market prices, weather forecasts, maternal health and financial literacy. The goal is to ultimately improve the yields and incomes of female agricultural workers by providing convenient access to education on agronomy, how to gain formal financing, and relevant family planning methods.

On 16-17 February, #TeamFarmerline travelled to the Upper West region of Ghana in order to host three educational workshops for women in agriculture. Farmerline, along with participating speakers from MEDATigo and DKT International, visited the villages of Loogu, Grupie and Nyoli with a vision of effectively advocating the benefits of locally available services for women in Ghana such as mobile money payments, family planning and Farmerline’s educational voice messages on agronomy, health and finance.

180 women participated in the WAA workshops over the course of two days.

Farmerline is anticipating a fast-growing network of female farmers across Ghana this year. To maximize outreach and the number of women receiving educational content, we invite potential partners to contact jessica@farmerline.org

To see the full WAA photo album, click here.

Farmerline was selected to showcase the WAA Initiative at UNESCO’s 2015 Mobile Learning Week in Paris, France on 25 February 2015.

To learn more about Farmerline, visit us at www.farmerline.org or follow us on social media @Farmerline

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Farmer Story #1 – Cocoa Farming in Kwapia, Ghana

Did you know that West Africa is the largest producer of cocoa in the world?

Meet Abena Konadu. Abena is a mother, wife, daughter, and cocoa farmer. Growing up on a cocoa farm has allowed her to run her own successful farm independently, providing a supply of cocoa to her local community in the Kwapia , Fomena District: Ashanti region of Ghana.

Life as a cocoa farmer has allowed Abena to support her seven children and put each of them through school. Today, many of her children have completed their education and have found work in the capital, Accra. Thanks to the success of her cocoa farm, Abena has been able to save up enough money to begin building a new home next door to the house her children grew up in. She says she hopes it will entice her children to come home often to visit, especially as they are getting older and will soon begin having families of their own.

Abena is one of 110 million African women making a living in agriculture.

Farmerline supports small-scale farmers, like Abena, by sending agriculture-related information directly to farmers’ mobile phones in the form of voice calls.

Stay tuned as #Farmerline continues to tell the stories of small-scale farmers in Ghana over the upcoming months.

To learn more about the initiative, visit us at www.farmerline.org or follow us on Twitter @farmerline and Instagram at www.instagram.com/farmerline

 

Saviez-vous que l’Afrique de l’Ouest est le plus grand producteur de cacao dans le monde?

Rencontrez Abena Konadu. Abena est une mère, épouse, fille, et productrice de cacao. Ayant grandi sur une ferme de cacao lui a permis de gérer sa propre ferme succès indépendamment, permettant l’approvisionnement en cacao de sa communauté locale dans la région Ashanti du Ghana.

La vie d’un cultivatrice de cacao a permis Abena pour soutenir ses sept enfants et mettre chacun d’eux à l’école. Aujourd’hui, bon nombre de ses enfants ont terminé leurs études et ont trouvé du travail dans la capitale, Accra. A cause du succès de sa ferme de cacao, Abena a pu économiser assez d’argent pour commencer à construire une nouvelle maison à côté de la maison de ses enfants ont grandi. Elle dit qu’elle espère qu’il incitera ses enfants rentrent à la maison souvent à visiter , d’autant plus qu’ils sont plus âgés et bientôt commencer à avoir leur propre famille.

Abena est l’un de 110 millions de femmes africaines qui gagnent leur vie dans l’agriculture.

Farmerline soutient les agriculteurs à petite échelle, comme Abena, en envoyant des informations liées à l’agriculture directement sur les téléphones portables des agriculteurs sous la forme d’appels vocaux et SMS.

Restez à l’écoute comme #Farmerline continue à raconter les histoires de petits agriculteurs au Ghana au cours des prochains mois.

Pour en savoir plus sur cette initiative, visitez-nous au www.farmerline.org ou suivez-nous sur Twitter @farmerline et Instagram www.instagram.com/farmerline

 

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