GHANA – The United States Ambassador to Ghana, H.E Madam Stephanie Sullivan has presided over the opening of a new shea butter processing and warehousing facility at Sorogu in the Sagnarigu Municipality of the Northern Region.
The new facility, meant for Tiyumtaba Women’s Shea Cooperative, will provide the needed infrastructure to add value to the commodity in the area and will improve the incomes of 600 women, who collect and process shea nuts in the area.
Madam Stephanie Sullivan, the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, applauded the project’s partners saying, “The opening of this shea processing and warehousing facility is an important accomplishment that demonstrates what is possible to achieve when we all work together.”
Shea is the primary source of livelihood for women living in the northern part of the country and it is one of the few agricultural crops where women control their revenues.
The project, therefore, affirms U.S. Government’s commitment to promote women’s economic empowerment through partnerships that connect Ghanaian women shea producers with U.S. buyers.
Ambassador Sullivan said “USAID is working with Global Shea Alliance, communities, non-profit organisations, and responsible companies, who together, since 2016, have provided 250 warehouses, generating increased incomes for more than 137,000 women across West Africa.”
She emphasised that “As we invest in shea cooperatives and communities, we also seek the communities’ continued partnership to protect the shea trees and parklands to secure the sustainability of the shea industry for our children and the generations that follow”.
According to Ghana web, the project is in line with the Global Shea Alliance’s Sustainable Shea Initiative.