Africa Skills Hub in partnership with Canada World Youth-Jeunesse Canada Monde (CWY-JCM) announces the selection of 100 Women entrepreneurs into the Suhuyini Food and Beverage Incubation in Tamale.

The Suhuyini Food and Beverage Incubation is a new platform set up to catalyze food innovations in northern Ghana due to rising levels of gender and social inequality of women.

100 young women in three cohorts of 33-34 each will be given the opportunity to experience unique learning experiences delivered through various Covid recognised protocol methods such as e-coaching, e-learning, peer to peer networking, business training, access to market, and a sexual and gender-based violence advocacy program.

“Food and Beverage Incubation is intended to assist women who double as food entrepreneurs in developing and scaling up their unique innovations by focusing on unlocking food innovations which are low-hanging fruit in northern Ghana.

“With support from experts and partners, food entrepreneurs will be able to access markets internally and externally while increasing their earnings,” Miss Anatu Ben-Lawal, Programme Director said.

Rural women in Tamale and its surrounding districts were already vulnerable due to high unemployment, and most were engaged in the informal sector carrying out often precarious jobs some of which were exploitative.

Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) were facing further challenges due to gender inequalities and the Covid-19 pandemic is deepening these pre-existing inequalities, exposing vulnerabilities in the social, political, and economic systems.

The sexual and gender-based advocacy program will simultaneously be underway in the community and will include outreaches, dialogues with community leaders including prominent male figures in the Islamic communities, speak out speak up dialogues, among the youth, sensitization on various topics that enable community cohesiveness.