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Kumbungu community gets Shea Processing Centre

By Albert Futukpor, GNA

Gizza-Gunda (N/R),
March 16, GNA – A Shea Butter Processing Facility and Warehouse has been
inaugurated at Gizza-Gunda, a community in the Kumbungu District, to help women
shea collectors and processors in the area to improve on their operations.

The United States
Government, through the United States Agency for International Development
(USAID), supported the construction of the processing facility and warehouse,
which will benefit 600 women involved in the sector in the area.

Madam Stephanie
Sullivan, United States Ambassador to Ghana joined government representatives,
shea industry players and community members at Gizza-Gunda to inaugurate the
facility.

Ambassador Sullivan
said “this event highlights efforts to promote women’s economic empowerment
through partnerships that connect Ghanaian women producers with U.S. buyers”.

She said “the United
States supports key projects like this to promote economic growth and job
creation so that young people may build a future of prosperity here at home for
the benefit of all citizens and their communities”.

The partnership to
develop the Shea Butter Processing Facility and Warehouse was catalyzed by
USAID and the Global Shea Alliance (GSA) and included partnerships with a U.S.
cosmetics company, a local buying company (Savanna Fruits Company),
Presbyterian Agricultural Services, and the local community as part of the
Sustainable Shea Initiative (SSI) project.

The SSI, launched in
2016 by USAID in partnership with the GSA, is an $18 million, five-year
partnership to promote the sustainable expansion of the shea industry in Ghana,
Ivory Coast, Togo, and Burkina Faso.

The partnership
matches USAID funds with private sector and donor funds to provide needed
skills training and infrastructure to support women shea collectors.

The Gizaa-Gunda
facility is one of 34 warehouses that USAID and GSA have launched with
communities and cooperatives in Ghana over the past three year thereby
expanding opportunities for 30,000 women.

Ambassador Sullivan
said “The United States looks forward to finding more opportunities over the
next years to partner with companies, communities, and non-profits to drive new
opportunities for Ghanaians and promote a path to self-reliance and
resilience.”

Alhaji Alhassan
Issahaku, Northern Regional Coordinating Director, commended USAID for its
support for the shea sector in the country saying the facility would make great
impact on the lives of the women shea collectors and processors in the area.

Mr Raphael Gonzalez,
Managing Director of Savanna Fruits Company, said the facility would empower
women economically as they would produce more for export assuring that efforts
would be made to build their capacity to achieve more in the industry.

GNA

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