Looking up to the Victims: Land Scarcity and Women's Role in Food Provisioning in the Ghana-Togo Border Area

Ben K Fred-Mensah
2004 Research Review  
This article has shown that even though women in a cash crop growing area on the Ghana side of the Ghana-Togo border played virtually no role in the transfer of land to migrant farmers, it was they who, either as wives or heads of household, faced the responsibility of dealing with household food insecurity that had resulted from the transfer of the land. Thus, the paper suggests that, in collaboration with its development partners, the Government of Ghana should assist these women to develop
more » ... women to develop alternative income-earning enterprises that deemphasize land as the only means of earning livelihood in the area. Resume Les femmes qui se trouvent du cote ghaneen de la frontiere Ghana-Togo, ou poussent les cultures de rente, ne sont pratiquement pas impliquees dans le transfert de terre aux agriculteurs immigres. Pourtant, se sont elles qui en tant qu'epouses ou chefs de menage, prennent en charge la lourde responsabilite d'insecurite alirnentaire du foyer provoquee par le transfert de la terre. Par consequent, la communication propose que le gouvernement ghaneen, en collaboration avec ses partenaires dans le developpement, aide ces femmes a developper d'autres entreprises generatrices de revenu afin de ne plus dependre de la terre comme le seul moyen de gagner leur vie dans la region.
doi:10.4314/rrias.v19i2.22873 fatcat:4m4u2rezvfccjiv6vivvnysa4e