By Dipo Olowookere
From March 21-22, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) met with the Government of Ghana and partners working to advance food security goals under the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future.
Over the course of two days, the Feed the Future partners and the Government of Ghana examined the progress made over the last year and discussed potential plans for improving nutrition and food security, as well as building a more inclusive agriculture sector in Ghana.
Kwesi Korboe, advisor to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and USAID/Ghana Mission Director Andrew Karas delivered remarks and reaffirmed their commitment toward a shared vision for a food-secure future.
The meeting included a series of panel discussions on innovation, health and nutrition, as well as the use of information and communication technology in agriculture. Feed the Future partners shared their successes and challenges to drive poverty reduction and economic growth.
Other topics discussed were the promotion of public-private partnerships to sustain results and scale impact; enhancing the competitiveness of key value chains, particularly maize, rice and soybean; and understanding the constraints within Ghana’s seed sector to make high-yielding seed varieties accessible to rural farmers.
“Since Feed the Future started in 2013, our progress has been very encouraging. In the Northern Region, we have made significant progress with poverty and nutrition goals. Vulnerable families are accessing economic opportunities to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. I cannot overstate that these achievements would not have been possible without everyone here today.” remarked Mr Karas. “USAID is committed to working with the Ghana government and our Feed the Future partners to accelerate agricultural growth and improve the nutritional status of women and children.”
This meeting was hosted by USAID, in partnership with Feed the Future. In Ghana, Feed the Future works to to spur economic growth and trade, boost the income of farmers and reduce hunger, poverty and under nutrition.
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