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Many farmers in Northern Ghana, especially Women Small Holder Farmers (WSHFs) have been known to use grains or “farm saved seed” from their previous harvest as seed for subsequent seasons. This has led to significant reduction in yields due to low plant vigor, low germination, and even rampant disease infestations. The dwindling yields from farms as a result of the use of grains has ultimately led to low incomes for these farmers.
The use of #Certified(Quality) seeds on the other hand, have immense benefits for farmers, including; ensuring genetic and physical purity of the crops; ensuring more vigorous, fast growing and pest and disease resistance conditions to a certain extent; and also ensures uniform growth and maturity of crops. The use of #Certified Seed has been shown to boost yields by up to 10-30%.
As the #2023 production season sets in fully, #URBANET in collaboration with #MEDA under the GROW2 project and some selected market actors in the seed industry is facilitating access to #Quality #Certified seeds (Soybeans and Groundnuts) for our #Clients in 7 districts of Northern and Savannah regions through a Direct Price Discount Mechanism. This will hopefully boost the yields of our #Clients. The GROW2 project is funded by Global Affair Canada.

Access to information and practical knowledge on Good Agronomic Practices (GAPs) and Farm Business Management (FBM) practices is very critical for sustainable and inclusive development in agriculture, especially for Women Small Holder Farmers (WSHFs) who form the majority of farmers in Northern Ghana.
To address this constraint and boost productivity of WSHFs in Northern Ghana, GROWII Project conducted a two-day ToT for some selected Agricultural Extension Agents (AEAs) on Good Agronomic Practices (GAPs) and Farm Business Management (FBM) in 7 MMDAs under URBANET’s ZOI. The two-day training improved Agricultural Extension Agents (AEAs) knowledge on #Soybean and #Groundnut production and general Farm Business Management. A total 49 AEAs who received the ToT then cascaded the training to #203 Savings and Loan Groups (SLGs) comprised of a total of #5,075 clients (WSHFs).
GROWII is funded by the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and implemented by MEDA in partnership with URBANET.

The WISE project is having a 3-day mentorship learning event for 50 entrepreneurs across the project’s 5 districts at Sheila’s Executive Hotel, Sunyani. These entrepreneurs were selected, trained and supported to establish green businesses (Mushroom, Snail, Bee-keeping and Soybean production).

With the support of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), through its practical coaching and mentoring, the project has over the past 12 months developed the entrepreneurship skills of these entrepreneurs. The period also saw the growth in relationship and network among the entrepreneurs.

The WISE project is facilitating a comprehensive suite of gender- responsive business services in five districts of Northern, Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions ( Tolon, Kumbungu, Tano North, Sunyani and Techiman districts).

The third outcome of the Greater Rural Opportunities for Women II project (GROWII) seeks to ensure; Gender equitable participation of women in decision-making within their households and the communities. To ensure gender equity amongst women and men and to ultimately achieve gender equality at the community level, URBANET (As a KFP), in partnership with the Mennonite Economic Development Association (MEDA), is implementing the Gender Model Family (GMF) program in Zoggu and Jegun Communities in the Nanton District.

As part of the initial processes towards full implementation of the GMF program, URBANET/MEDA did a community entry and sensitization in the two (2) communities (Zoggu|Jegun) to seek the community buy-in and also ensure ownership and sustainability of the program.

Gender Model Family (GMF) is a program that encourages and gives husbands the knowledge and tools to live equitably/equally with their wives and to ensure that their boys and girls are given the same opportunities to develop their potential. It influences how couples/partners share household chores, how family members communicate and how parents interact with their children. One of the key benefits of this program is that it builds trust, fosters mutual respect and peaceful co-existence, which are vital in building and ensuring sustainable community development.

© GROW2 is funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC)







As the year draws to a close, the Board of URBANET is visiting our communities to engage beneficiaries of our interventions. The visits also afford them the opportunity to engage other key stakeholders including the District Assemblies and their decentralized departments. It is expected that members will gather relevant information to support oversight role.

The Hub shall serve as a ‘one-stop shop’ for women to access gender-responsive Business Development Services (BDS) to start and grow small enterprises, would be operated out of existing district-level Business Advisory Centers (BACs) operated by the Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA). The Rural Solar Hub established in Voggu in the Kumbungu District in Northern Region Ghana will serve women in both Tolon and the Kumbungu district by providing them information relevant to their businesses.

The Hub will support businesswomen in five main service areas; Entrepreneurship and Business Management, Green Value Chain Development, Green Business, Buyers, Marketing and Outreach, and Financial Inclusion. It is the intention of the Project to facilitate the feminization of services under these identified areas as well as improving linkages between service providers and project beneficiaries.

URBANET Ghana in partnership with Plan International Ghana under the WISE PROJECT has facilitated training for 97 women on green skills from Tolon and Kumbungu districts; Snail rearing, Beekeeping and Mushroom cultivation were the livelihood areas targeted. These activities offer a lot of business potentials but are often neglected. The WISE project therefore seeks to create opportunity for women in the project areas to venture into these green businesses.

URBANET Ghana in Partnership with Plan International Ghana under the Women’s Innovations for Sustainable Enterprises (WISE) Project has supported 600 women farmers in 60 Communities in the Tolon and Kumbungu districts in the Northern Region of Ghana. This 600 beneficiaries form part of the 2500 women initially trained on soybean production and post-harvest handling and management. Each beneficiary had a maximum of one acre of land ploughed, 15kg of Soybeans seed, 150ml of inoculant and one tarpaulin. It is expected that this support will become a morale booster for the women to work hard to increase their incomes and improve the quality of life. The WISE project is funded by Global Affairs Canada.

URBANET in partnership with Plan International Ghana through the WISE project has organized a one day learning and sharing event in Tamale. The event brought together all the project critical stakeholders who contribute to the project implementation. URBANET shared updates on progress of implementation, lessons learned over the year of implementation and some challenges encountered during the period. Relevant feedback was taken from stakeholders to improve project implementation.

With the ultimate goal to enhance economic empowerment, well-being and inclusive economic growth for women in Ghana, URBANET and Plan International Ghana under the WISE PROJECT have started supporting smallholder women farmers along the soybean value chain to take advantage of the cropping season which has just set in. Working with the department of agriculture in both Tolon and Kumbungu, over 2,500 smallholder women farmers received training on soybean production and post-harvest practices. Aside the training, the women will be supported with improved seeds and link to sustainable market.