The ReDIAL project supports women farmers in Donkorkrom

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The European Union-funded ReDIAL project supported women farmers in Donkorkrom in the Kwahu Afram Plains in the Eastern Region with functional multi-crop thresher services to help reduce post-harvest losses.

Women who faced persistent challenges, including post-harvest losses of their produce, had to turn to ReDIAL for help.

The EU-funded ReDIAL project in response to the appeal decided to support marginalized farmer groups, including women farmers, with functional multi-crop thresher services to reduce post-harvest losses.

Ms. Vida Asieduwaa, project manager, explained that the ReDIAL project strives to help marginalized farmers achieve optimum yields on a sustainable basis.

Speaking to GNA, Madam Emma Gyamfi, an elderly farmer from Sewua village in Kwahu Afram Plains North District, explained that as a working farmer, she only lives with her elderly husband and they have survived farming for over 45 years.

According to her, with the help of her husband, she cultivates three acres of maize every year and earns about GHS 1000 every farming season, but in the 2020 farming season, she lost her investment due to wildfires. bush at the height of the threshing season.

The situation she attributed to the fact that there were only four threshers in the district serving the large commercial farmers in the district, which forced her to stop farming.

However, when profiling marginalized farmers in the district by the ReDIAL project, she decided to get back into farming in hopes of receiving support from the project.

Thanks to the ReDIAL project, she was able to support her farming needs and it took her about 20 days to manually thresh eight bags of maize, but with the multi-crop thresher introduced by the project, she was able to thresh 14 bags of maize. (100Kg) in less than two hours.
Mrs. Gyamfi explained that she was able to sell her maize at GHS 400 per bag and made a net profit of GHS 5,000.

She said, “Now I can expand my farm because I don’t have to worry about threshing anymore. My success story has encouraged other local women to take up farming as well,” she added.

Mr. Kyei Yamoah, the project manager, explained that the ReDIAL project has improved the productivity of marginalized farmers and strengthened rural agriculture and food security.

He explained that the ReDIAL project was a four-year project funded by the European Union, implemented in Ghana by a consortium consisting of Friends of the Nation (FoN) (the leader),
Tropenbos Ghana, the Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (FRNR KNUST) and supported by SAYeTECH Company and SESI Technology.

According to him, the overall objective of the project was to contribute to transformation and innovation in agricultural and food systems in Ghana through action research, application of innovative technologies and organization of farmers and multi-stakeholder platforms. .

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