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Countries urged to end poverty – FAO

By
Morkporkpor Anku, GNA

Accra, July 20, GNA – The Food and Agriculture
Organisation (FAO) has called on countries to be more anxious and dedicated to
ending poverty in all forms because poverty is the single greatest threat to
human development.

The Organisation said Ghana stood to increase
its visibility in the sub-region documenting these success stories and sharing
these experiences with neighbouring countries through south-south co-operation.

Dr Berhanu Bedane, the Animal Production and
Health Officer, FAO Regional Office for Africa said this on behalf of Dr Abebe
Haile Gabriel, Deputy Regional Representative for Africa and FAO Representative
to Ghana, during the Dialogue Session on Reducing Rural Poverty in Ghana:
South-South Cooperation (SSC) Initiatives in Accra.

The SSC is a mechanism that ensures mutual
benefit for all parties involved in the negotiation, which also promote
development of sustainable intra-regional trade.

He said it was viewed by development
practitioners that poverty could simultaneously create profound social
disruption unless institutions and citizens take steps now to reduce and
prevent poverty.

“But I am of the greatest conviction that the
challenges that confront us as society would be more than halved if poverty
could be drastically reduced,” he added.

He said the FAO has supported knowledge
generation and exchange between Ghana and other countries of the south.

“The FAO will continue to collaborate with the
government of Ghana and institutions dedicated to rural poverty reduction by
facilitating knowledge exchanges among southern countries,” he added.

He said Ghana had a number of rural poverty
initiatives and institutions that have contributed to the successes so far
achieved.

Dr Abebe said Ghana’s poverty profile indicates
that 24.2 per cent of the population were below the poverty line and this was
distributed unequally between the rural and urban divide with almost 80 per
cent of the poor residing in rural areas.

Meanwhile, the rural population in Ghana
accounts for 50 per cent of the population and this, therefore, indicated that
the dynamics of poverty in Ghana was still very much a rural in dimension.

He said the knowledge and information sharing
on these initiatives were, therefore, important for mutual progress among
developing countries.

“Therefore, solutions that work best in one
southern country are of greater possibility of working in another,” he said.

Mr Peter Anaadumba, Regional Office for
Africa, FAO Officer in charge of SSC said FAO has been implementing the
initiative for more than 20 years.

He said the initiative was cost-effective and
promotes global visibility in the realm of international development and
demonstrates commitment and responsibility towards national development.

He said about 80 per cent of FAO SSC were in
the African region, adding that the main type of agreement includes general
agreement, letter of agreement, Memorandum of Understanding and it contributes
to agriculture development and reduction in rural poverty.

GNA

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