Ghana

WFP Ghana Country Brief, January 2017

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Highlights

  • Former President John Kufuor has launched the Ghana Zero Hunger Strategic Review; it is intended to facilitate Government’s goal of eradicating hunger and food insecurity, ameliorate nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030.

  • Kufuor highlighted the high cost of hunger and malnutrition on Ghana’s GDP as revealed by the Ghana Cost of Hunger Study, and expressed the hope for the review to help identify the gaps, partnerships and strategies required to assist in Ghana’s efforts.

Operational Updates

  • new government administration has been ushered following successful presidential elections.

  • WFP Ghana as part of the UN Country Team is scheduling meetings with newly appointed ministers to discuss continued support to the newly elected Government and to explore further collaboration.

  • Following a programme reorientation that transitioned all programmes to CBT, and following detailed preparatory processes, the first distributions to girls under the take-home rations programme has been undertaken, using commodity vouchers.

  • In collaboration with the Brazil Centre of Excellence, WFP has supported the Ghana School Feeding Programme to develop a draft bill on school feeding. This will be presented to cabinet as soon as it is in place.

  • Pilot distributions to 3,000 children 6 to 23 months under the Local Food-based Approaches for Improved Nutrition (LoFAIN) pilot project have been completed. WFP liaised with local producers to formulate a locally acceptable product that meets WFP's nutritional specifications. Preparatory activities are ongoing to scale this up.

Partnerships

  • WFP Ghana maintains an active collaboration with government partners, civil society organizations, private sector organizations, academia, development partners and the other United Nations Agencies, particularly the Rome-Based Agencies, to ensure the harmonization of activities in food security and nutrition.

  • WFP participates in working groups in key sectors such as Education, Social Protection, Agriculture, Health and Nutrition. WFP also collaborates with the National Development Planning Commission to advocate for increased investment in nutrition using the Ghana Cost of Hunger Analysis.

  • Under a special partnership with the office of Former President J. A. Kufour, the Kufour Foundation is coordinating the Zero Hunger Strategic Review, with the active participation of relevant governmental and non-governmental organizations.