Ghana’s Shea Industry Is Not Taking Care of the Women Behind Its Growth

Ghana’s shea industry has a rich history. Shea – nkuto, karite, galam in some west African languages – is deeply embedded in the culture and tradition of the country’s northern regions. It is often considered a woman’s crop – women pick the fruit and extract its “butter” – and has acquired the name “woman’s gold” because rural women earn income from its sale.

The crop is not just locally important, though. Shea butter, derived from the nuts of the shea tree, has become a global commodity. It is…


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