The Assistant United Nations Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ms Ahunna Eziakonwa, has encouraged women in the shea butter production value chain in Ghana to leverage opportunities in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to export their shea butter beyond Ghana’s borders for improved income.
She made this call during a field visit to Women in Kumbungu in the Northern Region of Ghana, who have been supported by UNDP through the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) to export organically certified shea products in the international market.
“We need to do more to support our women to enable them to embrace quality, improve their production skills while taking advantage of AfCFTA to broaden their market access. This can be achieved through policy instruments, technological support, trade, and direct technical support”, she noted.
Ms Eziakonwa underscored the critical role of women in promoting sustainable livelihoods and called for more partner support to help them to develop their entrepreneurial skills to increase production. She expressed UNDP’s commitment to continue supporting shea butter production through the new Green Climate Fund’s $54.5 million ‘Ghana Shea Landscape Emission Reductions Project ’. Read More.