Challenges facing women in Ghana’s northern agricultural supply chains 

After conducting site visits in the Northern Region of Ghana to assess how to best serve women in low-income agricultural supply chains, CARISCA team members summarized their findings in a policy brief published in Ghana’s Business and Financial Times.

This applied research is an instrumental part of CARISCA’s work to promote access and inclusion of women in supply chains, which is pivotal to increasing revenue for women and disenfranchised groups. CARISCA is also using the results of this needs assessment to guide its future activities and expand its locally relevant research footprint.

Challenges and Opportunities

The research team uncovered three overarching themes facing women in agriculture and suggested opportunities for businesses, policymakers and universities to improve Ghanaian supply chains. 

  1. Challenge: There is inadequate infrastructure, equipment and access to capital that leads to wasted food and lower wages along agricultural supply chains in the Northern Region of Ghana.
    Opportunity: New locally relevant policies and structures can encourage and provide rural communities with greater access to supply chain information and financial capital.
  2. Challenge: It is difficult for women to overcome traditional gender roles that disenfranchise their ability to be active decision-makers in the production and distribution of wealth generated from supply chains.
    Opportunity: Rethink traditional economic models that do not capture women’s engagement in the workforce. Develop and sustain educational strategies that inform Ghanaian society about the benefits of women’s participation and success in supply chains.
  3. Challenge: Limited technological awareness, knowledge of market conditions, and supply chain educational opportunities create market mismatches and waste.
    Opportunity: It is important to develop easy-to-use, accessible and affordable mobile-based toolkits and training manuals to help women find the proper market and price for their produce, to reach their full earning potential and so that aggregators and buyers can meet market demands.