Gender is an important dimension of poverty in Ghana. Relative to their male counterparts, young women farmers face significant constraints that undermine their capacity to effectively engage in productive activities. These constraints run the gamut from unequal access to land, credit, inputs, technologies, extension services to relevant agricultural information farmers need to make critical market decisions. It is therefore important for gender to be considered especially when issues on youth mainstreaming is tabled for deliberations. This will help inform a more comprehensive youth in Agriculture policy re-orientation and focus.
During recent focus group discussions (FGD) conducted for representatives of youth groups in northern and southern Ghana under the theme: Gender-Adaption Responses to Food Security in Ghana: Improving the Qualitative Approach, participants generally expressed positive increase in gender-adaptation responses. A representative from Guza Kuza, an advocacy organisation for women in agriculture shared the fact that there is still an urgent need to debate and embrace gender analysis as a practical component of orthodox research. This is because despite nearly four decades of international commitments, the concept of ‘gender’ and the methods for gender analysis remains contentious and is yet to be established in orthodox research.
The workshops were organised by Syecomp Ghana Ltd as part of activities under a grant activity: Improving Approaches to Mainstreaming Gender in Ghana’s Youth Policy and Youth in Agriculture Programme: Focus on Climate-Smart Agriculture and Market-Oriented Value Chains; and sponsored by the USAID|Ghana Feed the Future Agriculture Policy Support Project, which is being implemented by Chemonics International Inc. (USA).
The focus group discussions provided an opportunity for participants to share their perspectives on an inclusive gender participation response to food security in Ghana. A representative from the Women in Agriculture Development Directorate (WIAD) expressed the view that despite positive developments in gender-sensitive research and gradual progress to incorporate gender considerations, evidence suggests that only relatively few social science researches contain gender analysis as a basic component of research. The representative further reiterated that gender analysis requires practical tools and information to assess the system of relations between and among women and men.
A representative from Agrihub Ghana noted that highlighters of current and topical issues on poverty and inequality, globalization, health, education, water and food security, conflict, governance, aid effectiveness and climate change among others, researchers must be acquainted with gender analysis frameworks and the step-by-step methodology for conducting gender analysis. This approach will ultimately lead to improved gender adaptation responses to food security in Ghana.
This is the 8th in a 12-series blog (articles) to espouse the context of the Position Paper on effectively mainstreaming Gender and Youth in Agriculture in Ghana with support from USAID/Ghana Feed the Future Agriculture Policy Support Project (USAID/APSP)
Author: Syecomp Ghana Ltd
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