CARE’s PROMISE project in Northern Ghana aims to empower women to take a stronger role in promoting better nutrition in their household and community.

The situation

The people of Northern Ghana face major challenges in the fight against poverty and malnutrition. At the mercy of the weather and with a limited range of crops grown, the supply of healthy food can vary widely from one year to the next and from one household to another. Women, in particular, are responsible for growing their family’s food and have a major role in household economic development. However, they have relatively limited control over the resources required for food production (i.e. seeds, fertilizer etc.) and little voice in household and community decision-making. This has a direct impact on their ability to access nutritious food.

Our Goals

  • Improve nutrition for more than 29,000 people in the Garu-Tempane and East Mamprusi districts of Northern Ghana.
  • Strengthen the role of more than 4,480 women and girls in soybean and cowpea production and marketing.


This project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.


Quick Facts

About the project
Start Date: 2012
End Date: 2016
Total impact: 29,855 people

About Ghana

  • World Bank 2006 estimates suggest nearly 30 per cent of population lives below $1 per day. While the country has seen its overall poverty rates drop, Northern Ghana continues to see poverty levels much higher than the national average.
  • Roughly 1.1 million people in the country have been considered to be malnourished. (FAO, 2007) Nearly 30 per cent of children under five experience stunted growth. (WHO, 2008)

Women's Empowerment

CARE is working with communities to increase the availability of healthy food and improve economic opportunities for women and girls in Northern Ghana. We are also striving to ensure women can play a stronger role in household and community decision-making.

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