UNDP Ghana: February 23, 2021
The New Enterprisers of Ghana
Alternative livelihoods are helping women in Ghana to become agents of change and build climate resilience through this Adaptation Fund-financed project.
Like many people in Ghana’s rural communities, Mali Yakubu and her family are not able to farm during the dry season.
Climate change impacts including draught, desertification, erosion and flooding are pushing farmers like Mali to the edge. An uptick in increasingly erratic rainfall with long dry periods as the result of climate change is upending age-old farming traditions, derailing development gains, and creating new obstacles as farmers strive to feed their families, and create lasting opportunities.
With limited access and control of resources – such as irrigation facilities, land and technology – women like Mali are struggling to adapt.
“I produce about 5 bowls of soy kebab every week, which I mostly sell on market days and in the Tampion township. This dry season, unlike the other ones in the past where we were mostly idle, I might say I make some profits for the family upkeep,” says Mali.