Published by
Ghana MADE

Report on Ghana MADE's gender assessment to understand the extent to which women are both important clients and valuable employees for agribusinesses in the Northern Savannah Agro-Ecological Zone.

Farm Enterprise Advisors (FEAs) and Business Development Advisors (BDAs), and male and female smallholder farmers (SHFs) were consulted.

The report presents findings and recommendations, as well as challenges and opportunities, that emerged from the gender

Key takeaways include:

  • As gender roles in the north evolve, more women are farming as a business, creating an entire new subset of clients for agribusinesses.
  • Many MADE partners, both lead and support firms, have recognised the business rationale of targeting women, and are implementing a variety of strategies to increase their share of female SHF clients.
  • MADE partners would like to increase the number of female FEAs, both because they are competent and trustworthy, and because they can help enterprises reach more female SHFs. While some agribusinesses have devised innovative strategies to recruit, train and retain women, others are struggling to identify and keep viable candidates.