Canadian Feed The Children (CFTC) has launched a Sustainable Development, Human Rights, Inclusion, and Equality (SHINE) programme in the Upper East Region targeting rural women’s empowerment.
The initiative, according to Augustine N-Yokuni, Country Representative for CFTC, seeks to enhance women empowerment and girls through the implementation of sustainable agriculture and agribusiness-related activities.
Speaking at the project launch in Bolgatanga, Mr. N-Yokuni noted that the SHINE project was built on Global Affairs Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) that recognized gender equality as the best way to build a more peaceful, inclusive, and prosperous world.
“…the new dimension of this project is the business incubation and its prospects in the lives of women and girls in northern Ghana. We need long-lasting women empowerment now and for the future – empowerment that enhances access to productive resources for sustained production – empowerment that increases value chain development and – empowerment that increases marketing and business skills, particularly among women.”
The Canadian Feed The Children has been in operation in five countries including Bolivia, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Uganda, and with Indigenous Peoples and communities in Canada and zoomed to support women in the Northern, Savannah, Upper East, and Upper West regions.
The Country Director said “The African Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN) is a technical partner in business incubation which is a key component of the project. The project location is in the Upper East Region, in four districts (Bolgatanga Municipality, Bongo District, Kassena Nankana East Municipal, and Talensi District) and 16 communities. Through local partners, CFTC delivers development programs that have a positive, meaningful, and sustained impact on children’s lives and build the resiliency of their families and communities.”
He stressed that “In Ghana, CFTC works through three local organisations namely Regional Advisory Information and Network Systems (RAINS), Trade Aid Integrated (TAI), and Tumu Deanery Rural Integrated Development Programme (TUDRIDEP) which implement long-term programs and projects in Northern, Savannah, Upper East, and Upper West regions. In 2022, CFTC received CAD 2 million in funding from Global Affairs Canada to implement the three-year project in Ethiopia and Ghana – CAD 1 million each for Ethiopia and Ghana. In Ghana, the SHINE project is being implemented in partnership with one of the local partners, Trade Aid Integrated.”
Some of the participatory women as well as the municipal and district chief executives expressed gratitude for the project, and called on all and sundry to support and realize its visions at the beneficiary communities.
The Bolgatanga Municipal Chief Executive, Rex Asanga also assured to work closely with the implementors to enhance sustainable agriculture and agribusiness-related activities in the municipality.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Moses Apiah|Ghana