Views: 395 Stephen Gbandaanuo, Lawra, UWR, May 18, 2019, Sat., 11:00am Margaret A. Cargill Foundation has launched a project to empower women through ...
Stephen Gbandaanuo, Lawra, UWR, May 18, 2019, Sat., 11:00am
Margaret A. Cargill Foundation has launched a project to empower women through agriculture in the Lawra Municipality of the Upper West Region.
The project is known as water for resilience. It provides the women with skills and organic manure and boreholes-for-water for dry season gardening.
The Organisation is doing this through collaboration with HELVATES, Groundswell, MOAP, and the Lawra Municipal Assembly.
Some of the women said they were benefiting a lot from the gardening because they were only seasonal peasant farmers and so it was an additional opportunity.
“We now sell our vegetables to help ourselves and to help our families with the income from our gardens. We now have good meals for families too.”
The women said because of the intervention they had now reduced rural-urban migration—“kayaye.”
In an interview with Mr. Joseph Kaarafar, who works at the Municipal Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development, (CIKOD) he reiterated that the main aim of the organisation was to empower women through agric.”
“We have provided four gardens to the communities in the Municipality: Eremon, Gbengbee, Kalsagri, and Tanchara.”
The intervention had so far created employment for some 160 women.
Also, four schools: the Naburnye primary, the Eremon MA primary, the Kalsagri/Pavuu, and the Tanchara koro Junior High schools had benefitted from a garden each.
He said each of the eight gardens for the project so far had as well been provided a borehole-for water.
“The construction of the gardens started with the drilling of the boreholes in 2017, and all the partners have helped us to monitor and develop these gardens in the Municipal, and we hope to expand the gardens.”
He said the boreholes were also now sources of water the households.