Access to Rural Bank Credit in Ghana: The case of women farmers in the Upper East Region, Ghana

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dc.contributor.author Akudugu, M.A.
dc.contributor.author Egyir, I.S.
dc.contributor.author Mensah-Bonsu, A.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-18T12:04:39Z
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-14T11:54:56Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-18T12:04:39Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-14T11:54:56Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Ghana Journal of Development Studies 6(2): 142-167 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://197.255.68.203/handle/123456789/1574
dc.description.abstract Credit is an effective tool that can be used to turn life around for a person, a family or transform self-image, unlock potential and boost the productivity and well-being of the poor. This paper examines the extent of women farmers’ access to credit from Rural Banks (RBs) in the Upper East Region of Ghana. Data were collected from randomly sampled 200 women farmers from four districts and from the archives of the RBs in the region. Semi-structured questionnaire, focus group discussions and key informant interviews were used for data collection. Growth rates of credit supplies and factors influencing women farmers’ credit access were estimated. The results of the empirical study revealed that the growth rate of credit supply by the RBs from 1998 to 2007 was about 18 percent per annum. Besides, credit supply to women grew at a lesser rate (18%) than that of men (19%) during the period. Factors influencing women farmers’ extent of credit access were found to be age, interest rates, farm size, association membership and formal education, among others. Hence, it is recommended that credit supply to women should be improved if the MDGs, particularly those on poverty and hunger reduction as well as gender equality and empowerment are to be attained. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Ghana Journal of Development Studies en_US
dc.subject Credit en_US
dc.subject Rural Banks en_US
dc.subject Supply Growth Rate en_US
dc.subject Poverty Reduction en_US
dc.subject Women Farmers en_US
dc.title Access to Rural Bank Credit in Ghana: The case of women farmers in the Upper East Region, Ghana en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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