n Gender and Behaviour - Rural women feed the nation : indigenous cassava processing for food security in Bono East, Ghana - research

Volume 17 Number 4
  • ISSN : 1596-9231


Ghana’s rapid population increase makes food security a major concern for the nation. In Ghana more women engage in farming to produce, process and store food to feed their families than men who grow cash crops. Much food is produced during the harvest season but the greater part of it goes rotten due to lack of food processing plants. In the absence of food processing plants rural women in the Bono East region fill in the gap by using indigenous methods to process cassava into gari and konkonte for preservation. This study investigated the indigenous cassava processing among the rural women of Bono East, Ghana. Purposive and snowball sampling techniques were used to reach 30 women engaged in cassava processing. Interviews and observation were employed in the study which found that cassava processing ensures food security. This indigenous industry which ensures food security in the region is worthy of sharing.

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