Some chiefs in the Northern Region have expressed their readiness to release fertile lands to women to cultivate as part of improving their incomes whiles contributing to food security in the country.

This followed a study conducted this year and released in Tamale, which revealed that women in West Mamprusi, West Gonja, Mion, and Sawla/Tuna/Kalba Districts of the Northern Region (N/R), generally did not own land, a situation which affected their engagement in agricultural production.

The study was commissioned by the Coalition for the Development of Western Corridor (NORTHCODE) as part of its “Enhancing women’s output of maize, rice and soya value chains through fostering their access to improved seeds and productive land in the N/R” project.

The two-year project, which ends next year, is supported by United States Agency for International Development – Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement (USAID-ADVANCE) with the aim to advocate for 1000 women from the four districts to have access to, and control of about 1600 acres of fertile lands to cultivate maize, rice and soya beans under a land bank concept.

Naambuyi Dokurugu, Chief of Nabari in the West Mamprusi District, who spoke at a workshop to disseminate the findings of the study, said women worked hard to support their families hence the need to release lands to them to undertake agriculture to generate income.

Chief Abdul-Majeed, Dign-Dana of Jimli in the Mion District lauded the project to enable women have access to fertile lands for production, saying there was need to do away with practices that denied women land ownership rights.

Mr Salifu Saeed, Northern Regional Minister, whose speech was read on his behalf, lauded NORTHCODE for implementing the project, saying it was in line with government’s strategy to revamp the agricultural sector to increase production and create jobs.

Source: GNA/