Meet the female tractor drivers defying the vagaries of agricultural mechanization
Ghana appears to have a huge demand for skilled female tractor drivers: just one week after the tractor training for 12 women, nine women have already been offered a work contract by several commercial farms. It seemed like a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Just a few days ago, at the closing ceremony of the Tractor Training for Women, Dr Elke Stumpf, Head of the Sustainable Employment Through Agribusiness (AgriBiz) program said: âDuring the four In the past few weeks, 12 women have been trained in agricultural skills development. mechanization. They are confident that they will increase their prospects for employability, for example by starting their own farming or tractor service business or finding employment on a commercial farm.
AgriBiz cooperated with the Ghanaian company; Agro Kings Ltd. and the Directorate of Agricultural Engineering Services (AESD) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA). These partners organized the Mechanization of Women in Agriculture Training for 12 enthusiastic and daring women who successfully completed this training. This skills development training is a continuation of GIZ’s excellent support in this area.
As part of GIZ’s agricultural technical and vocational education and training initiatives (ATVET) and agricultural technical and vocational education and training for women (ATVET4W), to date, 434 women have been trained in specific topics. Since 2018, 194 women have been trained in tractor operation, maintenance and management, including these 12 women. Between 2020 and 2021, around 250 women were trained in the use of various machines for specific value chains such as sprayer, pruner and mango harvester, oil palm harvester among others.
According to Mr. AKB Deyang, Director of AESD, âIt is hoped that this MoFA / GIZ collaboration will continue, in order to ensure that as many women as possible can access the training of operators / managers of agricultural machinery since over 600 applications from women were received. He added, âThe initiative is directly aligned with the Government of Ghana’s agricultural mechanization strategy to modernize agriculture.
Ms. Angela Barnes, Managing Director of Agro Kings stressed: âCollaboration between all sectors is vital in our fight to achieve food security, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Make this partnership – between GIZ, the Government of Ghana and Agro Kings – even more important in improving farming systems. We look forward to putting more women, literally, in charge of mechanizing agriculture in Ghana. “
AgriBiz is a program implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fÃ¼r Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and co-funded by the European Union.
It works with private and public partners to address the challenges that affect successful women and youth in agribusiness. Meeting these challenges will make them competitive and ready to engage and / or create sustainable employment opportunities, especially for themselves and for others in agribusiness and other related sectors.