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Portrait - Gladys Adusah Serwaa

My name is Gladys Adusah Serwaa, a
Ghanaian by birth, and the eldest
child among five siblings, from Techiman
in the Bono Region of Ghana. I am
a 61 year-old farmer who is into cassava,
maize, and cashew production. I also possess
a Bachelor of Education and a Master’s
degree in Democratic Governance, Law and
Development with 13 years of working experience
as a teacher and 14 years in the development
sector.

Currently, I am a national women’s leader
for the Ecumenical Association for Sustainable
Agriculture and Rural Development
(ECASARD) and the Farmers Organisation
Network In Ghana (FONG) in the middle zone
of Ghana.
My involvement with rural agricultural development
in Ghana has to do with an annual
programme that I organize every September
to award and recognize the hard work of the
rural women. It is a personal initiative which
is supported by ECASARD and FONG. The rural
women’s day celebration brings together
stakeholders, women groups, farmer groups,
faith base groups, community base groups
etc. It is a day where these rural women in
agriculture showcase their produce in a form
of exhibition. I am also involved in capacity
building, advocacy workshops, lobbying for
funds/support for rural women base groups
in agriculture.

My perception on agricultural development
in Ghana is that the policies enforcement
does not get to the rural areas to benefit the
women who are into production, processing,
packaging, and marketing. Rural women are
the majority in agriculture workforce in Ghana
but their efforts are not appreciated. For
example, getting standard weight and measuring
scales in all the markets throughout
Ghana is a real issue. Another challenge is
also getting aflatoxin policy in Ghana to help
rural women produce and consume aflatoxin
free maize in the country as this will raise
income as well as standard of living for the
rural women.

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