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Communities urged to Invest to Improve Nutrition

The NGO noted that
food and nutrition security were important,” food security can exist when all
people, at all times have physical, economic and social access to sufficient,
safe and nutritious food”.

This was said at a
meeting organized by GTLC with support from the Netherlands Development
Association (SVN) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
to share a survey conducted in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region.

Mr Ibrahim Azure,
Policy Officer of GTLC in a presentation indicated that 78 per cent of children
aged six to 59 months were anaemic, while in the Upper East Region anaemia
among children less than five years was 89 per cent. Three in 10 women and
eight in 10 children under five years of age in Ghana suffer from some forms of
under nutrition.

He said insufficient
investment by government, the lack of institutional framework and inadequate
coordination among different sectors accounted for the nutritional security in
the country.

He noted that nutrition
cases in the Talensi District among underweight children under five years stood
at 17.6 per cent and said the study further looked at community infant and
young child feeding (CIYCF), Vitamin A supplement, anaemic prevention and
growth, and monitoring and promotion of the use of nutrient giving foods.

He stated that the
Voice for Change partnership Project (V4C) was to increase food and nutrition
security and incomes of smallholder farmers, especially women, and expressed
the hope that the project would achieve this through sustained engagement with
government and the private sector to improve service delivery and increase
investment in post–harvest management.

According to him,
Post Harvest Loss (PHL) constitutes a significant challenge to the agriculture
sector improvement in Ghana and its apparent ability to address the food and
nutrition security in the country.

He said there was
the need for stronger relationship between nutrition and PHL to translate both
nutrition policy and post harvest policy into local language and ensure that
local communities implement nutrition and PHL.

The Presiding Member
for Talensi Assembly, Mr Benedict Yimdol, commended the organization for
holding such a meeting and said the information would go a long way to reduce malnutrition
in the country, especially malnutrition in children to improve their health
status.

 

Ghana Trade and Livelihoods Coalition (GTLC), a Non– Governmental
Organization (NGO) on Thursday said that investing in nutrition could improve
key development outcomes in Ghana.

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