Project profile — Greater Rural Opportunities for Women 2


Mennonite Economic DevelopmentAssociates of Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011098)
2021-10-14 - 2026-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Ghana (100.00%)


• Basic Health: Basic nutrition (12240) (20.00%)
• Business And Other Services: Business Development Services (25030) (40.00%)
• Agriculture: Agricultural education/training (31181) (40.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (significant objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to reach an estimated 40,000 women smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs in the poorest regions of northern Ghana, most at risk of COVID-19 pandemic-related rise in food insecurity. This project supports women working in three crop value-chains. Project activities include: (1) offering agricultural and financial capacity-building; (2) broadening women’s access to labour-saving, innovative technologies through existing commercial outlets; (3) engaging male gender advocates; (4) working with traditional leaders; and (5) working directly with individual households to raise awareness of the respective contributions of all members. This project helps to shift social norms around the distribution of domestic work and facilitate women’s continued success and empowerment in the future, by raising awareness within communities of the importance and overall benefits of women’s economic participation. This project also boosts women farmers’ resilience to climate change by promoting diversification of crops and ecologically sound agricultural, food sustainability and organic waste management practices.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved business environment and access to production means, including finance, training, and land for women farmers, entrepreneurs, and agribusinesses in selected agricultural value chains; (2) increased the use of climate-smart and nutrition-focused agricultural practices among women farmers and entrepreneurs; and (3) increased gender-equitable participation of women and men in decision-making within their households, communities, and the private sector.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) mobilized and registered 43,000 women smallholder farmers (WSHFs); (2) trained 3,611 WSHFs in farm businesses at various levels and linked them to 4 business development service providers for support, (3) profiled 26 women-owned or led agribusinesses; (4) linked 2,240 WSHFs to seed businesses, irrigation, and small equipment dealers; (5) linked 2,375 WSHFs, women entrepreneurs, and 26 women agribusinesses to financial service providers to access financial products; (6) facilitated acquisition of 10 demonstration plots for use in training of WSHFs on dry season vegetable production; (7) developed 2 recipe books on soy and groundnut and launched a food processing and utilization training manual to support WSHFs and their households in improving their nutrition practices; (8) established and trained 1,600 WSHF groups on environmentally sustainable and nutrition-sensitive farming practices; (9) established and trained 91 gender model families on relevant issues, including unpaid care work; and (10) trained 181 men to serve as gender equality champions for advocacy targeting fellow men, traditional leaders and the community on gender equality and unpaid care issues.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $6,000,000
Planned disbursement $5,800,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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