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The Hunger Project Ghana involves the community in food security

By Vaseline May31,2024
The Hunger Project Ghana involves the community in food security

The Hunger Project Ghana (T-HPG), a non-governmental organization that empowers community partners to end their own hunger and poverty, has emphasized the need for deliberate efforts to achieve food security as the world marks World Hunger Day.

The organization spent the day in Kurofa, a farming community in Asante-Akim South Municipality, engaging locals in fundamental ways to overcome hunger through food production and conservation.

Aid workers from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and the Municipal Directorate of Health were on hand to inform people on the best way to produce and consume healthy food to support their families.

To maximize the production of plantains, one of the staple foods in the area, some MoFA staff gave a practical demonstration on how to nurture plantain suckers in multiples for planting.

The demonstration, according to MoFA representatives, was important as most farmers were struggling to get enough tillers for large-scale plantain cultivation and urged farmers to adopt these simple methods to increase their income.

In addition to producing the crop, MoFA’s Women in Agricultural Development Directorate also guided them in adding value and preserving the produce during the season to ensure food security throughout the year.

They learned how to process plantains into flour, chips and other products so that they do not go to waste due to lack of market and their perishability – a knowledge transfer that was welcomed by the people.

World Hunger Day is celebrated annually on May 28 to raise awareness about the ongoing problems of hunger and malnutrition worldwide. The aim is, among other things, to highlight the devastating impact of hunger on individuals, communities and societies.

‘Thriving Mothers, Thriving World’ is the global theme for the 2024 celebration, highlighting the importance of the role mothers play in ensuring food security for their families and communities.

According to The Hunger Project, an estimated 3.1 billion people, representing 42 percent of the world’s population, face hunger problems, including malnutrition.

Ms Consolata Soyiri Dassah, Program Director of T-HPG, said the role of women in feeding households cannot be overstated and stressed the need for women to be economically empowered for the world to prosper.

She said it is important for women to have knowledge about nutrition, what they grow and become practically involved in food production to contribute substantially to reducing hunger.

β€œIt is not just about filling the belly with any kind of food, but women need to know how to include nutritious food in household meals using locally produced food,” she noted.

She implored people to embrace all they had learned, not only to improve their yields, but also to contribute to global efforts aimed at fighting hunger.

Source: GNA

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