Kwaoboadi, (E/R), May 31, GNA – Mr James S. Amoakohene, Programmes Director of the Hunger Project (THP) Ghana, has observed that hunger issues could not be holistically dealt with, without creating awareness on climate change on the environment and agriculture.
Mr Amoakohene said understanding the underlining factors of climate change and its effect on farming and the need to adopt best practices in farming including innovations were key to ending hunger.
He made the observation at a durbar organised by the Hunger Project Ghana, to celebrate the World Hunger Day , at Kwaoboadi, a farming community in the Akyemansa district on the theme “Sustainable Solutions to Hunger”..
According to the Director, the world hunger day was on the calendar of their activities since 2011 to create awareness in finding sustainable solutions in ending hunger and poverty.
Mr Amoakohene said statistics about hunger over the world was worrying mentioning that 821 million people in the world did not have enough to eat and out of the “world hungry 60 per cent were women and 98 per cent of the world undernourished lived in developing countries including Ghana.
In order to improve farming practices that would increase productivity to improve the livelihood of farmers, he disclosed that THP in collaboration with Alliance of a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Ministry of Agriculture had trained 1,120 community based advisors in the Bono region.
He noted that they in turn would reach out to over 300,000 smallholder farmers in the next three years on education on best farming practices and alternative livelihood programmes.
Again, the Hunger project was collaborating with GIZ in the implementation of the Green Innovation Centers Project, in seven regions in Ghana in the development of maize and rice value chain, all geared towards efforts in ending hunger in Ghana.
A representative of the Ghana health Service (GHS), Ms Gifty Sunu, said the effects of hunger had culminated in the double burden of malnutrition, under-nutrition, stunting and wasting and micronutrient deficiencies.
She said for lack of nutritional foods due to hunger, many pregnant women were anaemic describing it as a serious public health threat.
The chief of Kwaoboadi, Nana Kwaku Boateng commended the Hunger project Ghana for their consistent activities in the area of agriculture and health towards ending hunger and poverty in the rural communities.
Earlier, there was demonstration of how to cook nutritious foods with the local farm produce by members in the community as well as a float through the community to create awareness on hunger.