2 responses to “Gender-sensitive industrial development”

  1. Dr John W Powell OBE

    I strongly support UNIDO’s programme of promoting women’s rural industries. This effort continues a programme that we pursued for 26 years in Ghana, West Africa, at the Technology consultancy Centre (TCC) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi. The work involved upgrading the technology of existing women’s groups processing cassava and corn, extracting vegetable oils and spinning and weaving cotton. Just as in Mali, shea butter making featured in our programme and by upgrading the technology women’s groups in the Northern Region were helped to export directly to the Body Shop, a internationally known beauty products manufacturer. Perhaps the most widely adopted innovation was beekeeping using the Kenya top-bar hive, which was taken up by women throughout the country, to produce honey to nourish their children as well as to sell to support the family.
    To learn more about books describing the grassroots industrial revolution in the turbulent Ghana of the second half of the twentieth century, please refer to my website.

  2. Dr Kwesi Opoku-Debrah

    Yes, John is right. I worked with him for 7 years in Ghana.