Guzakuza launches programme to empower young women in agribusiness

Accra Guzakuza, a social enterprise, Wednesday, launched in Accra Ignite 2019, a capacity building programme to equip young women from across the African continent with skills to thrive in agribusinesses.

The three-week programme would train participants from nine countries in various areas in the agribusiness value chain. These include ‘Business and Financial Management’, ‘Book Keeping’, ‘Farming’,’Marketing’,’Packaging”Brand Management’ and ‘Agro-Processing.’

They would also undergo a three-day internship with diverse agribusiness industries in Ghana.

Ghana is hosting the programme for 16 representatives from Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.

Nana Adjoa Sifa, the Lead person of Guzakuza, said the goal of Ignite was to create jobs and wealth for young women in agribusiness, pointing out that many young women placed unfortunately put less value on the sector.

The programme would, therefore, enable participants to share their knowledge in their respective fields of operation and deliberate on possible solutions to the common challenges they faced.

The challenges include access to lands, markets, infrastructure, transportation, and electricity.

These would also lead to increased production and promote food security, she said.

Nana Sifa said agriculture or agribusiness was the most important sector of the economy and encouraged young women to develop interest in it to enhance their livelihoods.

The Exim Bank is supporting the programme with the Kairos Ladies Network,399 Services, mfarmpay scalable loan, and Syecomp, being collaborators.

Gazakuza incubates ground breaking ideas and accelerates game-changing Agribusiness start-ups, that improve food security, create jobs and wealth.

It uses agriculture and entrepreneurship to create mindset change in the society, highlight the fact that Agriculture is not only about tilling the soil, but includes all the processes from the farm growing, processing, technology, packaging, branding, marketing, transportation, distribution.

Source: Ghana News Agency