Supporting women farmers to withstand environmental shocks

  • Amount funded: £76,142
  • Year: 2013
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Locations: Ghana
Issue

Environmental change is fueling poverty in remote areas of Ghana, impacting badly on women farmers, with poor yields and low incomes.

Project partners
Friends of the Earth Ghana
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How are we helping

Supporting a project that encourages collaboration between women’s groups and local authorities to address environmental and livelihood concerns and contribute to sustainable development.

About the project

Environmental change is fueling poverty in remote areas of Ghana, impacting badly on women farmers, with poor yields and low incomes. Many women are unable to mitigate the environmental effects, nor do they have access to local authorities who could help them address these issues.

Friends of the Earth – Ghana is encouraging collaboration between women’s groups and local authorities to work together to address environmental and livelihood concerns, contributing to sustainable development in Ghana. This Commonwealth Foundation grant will facilitate the collaboration of 250 women subsistence farmers and four NGOs working on environmental and agricultural issues across three rural districts.

Ultimately the project will be scaled up and replicated to benefit a larger group of farmers, helping them to adopt ecological agricultural practices, re-greening and restoring depleted land and water resources.

This project aims to close the gap between remote rural communities and relevant policy makers, enabling women farmers particularly, to talk to local authorities about environmental change and strengthening their ability to engage in participatory governance.

Project Partners
Friends of the Earth Ghana

Friends of the Earth - Ghana is part of a worldwide international network of environmental organisations in 60 countries. It focuses on environmental, social and economic issues working to bring about sustainable and socially equitable development through community participation. Friends of the Earth recognises that only projects fully accounting for the diversity of cultures, needs and aspirations of communities will gain their full support and be successful in the long term. The organisation has a rich experience of working in the environment and climate change sector in Ghana.

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Governance Areas
Local governance