UNDP gives assistance to women on livelihood improvement
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has provided an assistance package to boost the productive capacity of women engaged in gari-processing at Kenyase Number Three in the Asutifi North District and transform their lives.This involved the presentation of cash of GH?20,000.00 and eight pieces of “Gari Elephant” – energy efficient and environmentally-friendly cook stoves. Mr. Bossman Owusu, UNDP’s Communications Analyst, said the goal was to help strengthen community-level resilience and promote livelihood opportunities. Gari, made from cassava, has been an important staple in many Ghanaian households and its production gives valuable income to tens of thousands of rural households, across the cassava-growing areas. Women, who dominate the final step in gari production – frying, have been complaining of low productivity, high firewood usage, burns and health complications from exposure to smoke, and this is what the UNDP’s support seeks to address.