Accelerating Progress on Investing in Women for International Women’s Day 2024: The Contribution of the GROW2 Project

A woman stands next to her new machine in Ghana.
A smallholder woman farmer participates in MEDA's GROW2 project in Ghana.

Tamale, Ghana, March 7, 2024 – In recognition of International Women’s Day (IWD), MEDA’s Greater Rural Opportunities for Women 2 (GROW2) project and its partners will hold two events under the 2024 IWD theme Invest in women: Accelerate progress. Through these events, MEDA joins the global call to action for investing in women to build healthier, more prosperous, and more inclusive societies.

To commemorate this year’s celebration, a radio awareness-raising session will be held through Lawra FM and Radio Upper West with panelists from the Department of Gender, Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), GROW2 key facilitating partners, and clinical psychologists on the 7th of March 2024. The radio discussion will provide a platform to discuss the significance of the celebration, the activities taking place for IWD, and its relevance to the local community. Discussions will be held in English, Sissala, and Dagaare to encourage conversations and phone-in sessions, including on the role men can play in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.

On the 8th of March 2024, a grand durbar will be held with traditional leaders, women smallholder farmers, government representatives, and entrepreneurs at the Lawra District/Municipality of the Upper West Region. The durbar will include cooking competitions with men, gender equality champions, and technology exhibitions to open conversations about unpaid care work and how the use of technology and innovation can improve productivity. The celebration aims to foster dialogue, promote awareness, and showcase practical initiatives that can inspire positive change and accelerate progress towards the socioeconomic empowerment of women smallholder farmers, entrepreneurs, and agribusinesses in northern Ghana.

“With funding from Global Affairs Canada, GROW2 invests in critical areas such as gender-transformative approaches, environmental and gender-responsive technologies, and access to finance. This unleashes the entrepreneurial potential of women in the soybean and groundnut value chains to accelerate economic and social empowerment”. 

Francis Essuman, MEDA Country Project Manager, Ghana

GROW2 is a five-year project that works with smallholder women farmers, entrepreneurs, and agribusinesses to improve the business environment, increase the application of climate-smart and nutrition-focused agricultural practices, and increase gender equality in families, communities, and value chains in northern Ghana.


About MEDA

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) is an international economic development organization that creates business solutions to poverty. MEDA builds on its 70 years of experience by contributing to economic and social growth and innovation in frontier and emerging markets. With its headquarters in Ontario, Canada, MEDA has built a ten-year legacy in Ghana through the Farmers’ Economic Advancement Through Seedlings (FEATS) project and the Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) project. MEDA and its partners are on track to create and sustain decent work for 500,000 people by 2030.

About the GROW2 project

The Greater Rural Opportunities for Women 2 (GROW2) project is a five-year project funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) to reach a total of 40,000 smallholder women farmers, 5,000 entrepreneurs, and 50 agribusinesses (at least 50% women-led) in the soybean, groundnut, and vegetable value chains through an improved business environment, increased application of climate-smart and nutrition-focused agricultural practices, and increased gender equality in families, communities, and select value chains in Northern Ghana. GROW2 works in 27 districts in the Northern, Savannah, and Upper West Regions of Ghana. Support to smallholder women farmers is anchored in strategic relationships with market systems actors, including agribusinesses and technology service providers whose business operations span processing, aggregation, and agricultural technology supply. GROW2 partners with four key facilitating partners – the Association of Church-Based Development Projects (ACDEP), Tumu Deanery Rural Integrated Development Programme (TUDRIDEP), ProNet North, and URBANET – to facilitate the direct implementation of the GROW2 project at the last-mile level.

For further information, please contact:

Farida Latif
Marketing & Communications Officer, GROW2 Project
lfarida@meda.org | + 233 593899652

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    MEDA is an international economic development organization that creates business solutions to poverty. We work in agri-food market systems, focusing primarily on women and youth in rural communities in the Global South. Our success is measured by income, improved processes, increased knowledge, and the creation of decent work.

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