Agribusinesses in Ghana Hold Workshop in Kumasi to Validate Decent Work Charter

ActionAid Ghana and the General Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU) in partnership with the Chamber of Agribusiness Ghana (CAG), have held a second workshop in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana to conclude work on the design of a decent work charter  for their members and other stakeholders in the Agribusiness sector.

The program which was under the Combating Modern Slavery in Ghana project was funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Corporation (Norad), and was attended by owners, workers and representatives of agribusinesses across Ghana. 

In a work plan presentation, a consultant on the project Mr Paschal Ajongba Kaba took participants through a draft of the charter from the previous workshop, to enable them make the necessary inputs and corrections. There were also group discussions and presentations to thoroughly assess and finalise work on the  charter and make it fit for use by both employers and employees in the Agribusiness sector. 

Draft Charter: Chamber of Agribusiness Ghana

The objective of the Chamber of Agribusiness Ghana in developing its charter for member agribusinesses is to among other things ensure compliance  with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 8.5 and the International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions to provide standards  that regulate employment or labour within the agribusiness value chain and to reduce inequalities and discrimination at work places within the agribusiness sector.

Some participants who spoke to Agriculture in Africa Media on the sideline of the event expressed satisfaction about work done so far. For his part, Agribusiness Consultant and CEO of Kaddy Ventures, Kenneth Nii Addy said the regulations in the charter must be well implemented to address labour unattractiveness in the agricultural sector.

The charter is expected to be outdoored by the Chamber of Agribusiness Ghana and its partners later this year.

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