How do you recultivate abandoned and degraded land, empower women’s rights and fight hunger at the same time?

Plant the crop fonio, a revolutionary idea by Salma Abdulai in Northern Ghana.

Salma Abdulai has a spark in her eyes when she talks about her life’s mission: changing the narrative of the women in her community in Yendi, Ghana. It is not an easy task, but attainable.

Salma grew up in the north of Ghana, in a typical farming household. With her father being a rice and maize farmer, Salma observed at an early age that women also work hard on the land to make ends meet.

“Women are supposed to only help their husbands or other men in farming. They don’t own land. Over 90% of the population is depending on agriculture. Imagine you don’t have access to land.”