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Grantees Funded under BUSAC Fund Phase I
Name of Applicant : General Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU) of TUC
Title of Action : World trade advocacy skills for self-employed Rural Workers
Sector : Labour
Geographical Area : Greater Accra, Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo
Action ID : # 0-17
Action Score : 73%
Total cost of Action : ¢247,663,350
BUSAC's % of Total cost : 90%
Self Financed : 10%
Action Duration : 5 months
Support from Outreach Facility : ¢-
Summary of the proposed Action : The need for the action
The rural workers of Ghana are most often self-employed, living on the brink of severe poverty and dwelling in remote areas. But they are not the ones discussing their own problems at WTO and other International bodies, and therefore there is the need to bridge the knowledge gap between highly technical international trade issues and the rural producers themselves; and to create a feedback mechanism for national and international policy and advocacy.

The proposed solution to the identified need
The rural workers may not have enough knowledge to express their views on the international Trade Policies, but they lean on GAWU to represent them. Nevertheless it is necessary to seek their views on regular basis, and GAWU will therefore try to establish a PANEL (CADRE) of experts of rural life and problems through extensive and continuous national educational campaigns.

The implementation plan
GAWU participated in the development of an international training manual on WTO and international trade issues, advocacy and campaign strategies for small farmers and rural workers. This manual can be domesticated and reproduced in September/October for use in Ghana, the three sessions of the training seminar in October/ November and the setting up of panel (Cadre) + evaluation in December/January.

The expected impact of the advocacy action.
Rural Workers’ will be exposed to international trade issues and become aware of the impacts on their livelihoods. They will be able to confidently participate at trade seminars and conferences and be part of the National cadre core of trade advocates.

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