Empowering Women Smallholder Farmers with Timely Weather Information in Ghana

A woman farmer walks in her field in Ghana.
Timely weather information can empower women smallholder farmers in Ghana to face growing climate uncertainty.

Tamale, Ghana, May 8, 2024 – In collaboration with the Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet), MEDA’s Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW2) project will hold a one-day forum on May 13, 2024 in Wa to unveil the 2024 seasonal forecast for northern Ghana.

The forum will be conducted via an interactive press session where meteorologists and climate experts will present the anticipated weather outlook for the upcoming season, highlighting key parameters such as rainfall patterns, temperature variations, and potential climate risks. Stakeholders including women smallholder farmers, agribusinesses, Regional Agricultural Departments (RADs), Agriculture Extension Agents (AEAs), and media and NGO representatives will discuss how the forecasted weather conditions impact agricultural activities, including crop selection, planting schedules, irrigation strategies, and pest management. The overarching goal of the forum is to keep project clients, stakeholders, and the public informed about anticipated weather patterns, climate trends, and environmental conditions for the upcoming season. It also aims to support with the adaptation of farming practices for women smallholder farmers to optimize productivity despite the varying weather conditions in northern Ghana.

“Timely access to weather information is the key that unlocks empowerment for women smallholder farmers, enabling them to make informed decisions, mitigate risks, and thrive in the face of climate uncertainty in their farming activities in areas of production and post-harvest,” said Francis Essuman, GROW2 Country Project Manager. 

The GROW2 project is a five-year project funded by Global Affairs Canada. It aims to support 40,000 smallholder women farmers, 5,000 entrepreneurs, and 50 agribusinesses (at least 50% women-led) in the soybean, groundnut, and vegetable value chains of northern Ghana by fostering an improved business environment, increased application of climate-smart and nutrition-focused agricultural practices, and enhanced gender equality.


About MEDA

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) is an international economic development organization that creates business solutions to alleviate 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 Canada, MEDA has built a ten-year legacy in Ghana with projects such as Farmers’ Economic Advancement Through Seedlings (FEATS) and Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW). MEDA and its partners are on track to create and sustain decent work for 500,000 people by 2030.

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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