New UN report links farming, forestry and improved food security

18 July 2016 – Agriculture and forestry can improve food security, according to a new United Nations report released today, at the start of World Forest Week.

Farming is globally the most significant driver of deforestation, but promoting a more positive interaction between agriculture and forestry can build sustainable agricultural systems and improve food systems, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Agriculture and forestry can improve food security, according to a new United Nations report released today, at the start of World Forest Week.

Cholera outbreak in Ghana kills at least 67 since June

Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal illness caused by a bacteria that can cause rapid dehydration and death. Its victims are frequently infected through the ingestion of water and food contaminated by human faeces.

Ghana has recorded no cases of the Ebola virus that since March has killed more than 1,400 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia as well as around five people in Nigeria.

Cholera has killed at least 67 people in Ghana since June and infected more than 5,000 others in an outbreak that highlights the health and sanitation challenges facing one of Africa's fastest-growing economies.

Food and Agriculture Organisation promotes sustainable farming

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in collaboration with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are exploring ways of implementing the Sustainable Land and Water Management(SLWM) project in Upper East Region.


This came to light when a Senior Water Resources Officer of FAO in charge of the Regional Office for Africa, Mr Ruhiza Jean Boroto and the Programme Assistant officer of FAO also at the Regional Office, undertook a fact finding tour of the level of implementation of the project.

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"Rice importers sabotaging Mahama"

“Some of the rice importers are sabotaging the president. They secretly import more and blame the Mahama administration for high market prices for the staple. It's deliberate they want to sabotage the government, I know them but I won’t mention their names,” he said on Radio Gold on Saturday.

This logic just does not make sense. If rice importers import more rice than what there is a demand for then prices should indeed go down?

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The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Free Zones Board, Kojo Twum-Boafo, says he has evidence that some rice importers in the country are sabotaging government’s efforts at making Ghana food-sufficient. He suspects the rice importers have connived to import to the Ghanaian market high priced rice…

Can a Laser-Cut Vegetable Tell a Story About Food Security?

In public settings, it can be quite hard to get folks walking by interested in a data-driven argument about your cause. We often argue that a creative data sculpture can grab their attention. Like maybe a vegetable laser cut with some data about food security!

Can a vegetable tell a story about food access in Somerville? Yep. <img class=size-large wp-image-658 alt=70% of Somerville Public School students receive free or reduced lunch - laser-cut onto a cucumber src=

Ghana: Food and Agricultural Show to Take Place in Kumasi

The 6th National Food and Agriculture Show (FAGRO) will take place in Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital, for the first time, instead of the Greater Accra region, as had been the practice since its inception.

The 6th National Food and Agriculture Show (FAGRO) will take place in Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital, for the first time, instead of the Greater Accra region, as had been the practice since its inception.

Ghana protests over high cost of living

Leaders of the demonstration presented a four-page petition to Haruna Iddrisu, the minister of employment and labour relations.

The minister, surrounded by dozens of armed officers, tried to address the crowd which kept shouting and hooting through his address, our correspondent says.

Thousands of workers across Ghana take to the streets to protest about the rise in the cost of living and call for petrol subsidies to be restored.

What Happened to Agriculture in Ghana Up Into the 90s?

All these women (buying from the hinterlands for distribution in the urban centres was a predominantly female domain) owned property and assets as informal sector actors. I am told that on the market in those days, the value chain convention then was excellent among players, including haulage operators, producers and buyers.

I can count dozens of former military officers, technocrats, and elite from academia who hailed from the three Northern regions of Ghana, and who made money from crop farming in the 70s, 80 and mid 90s. I can also cite politicians from those regions who took advantage of the Tono, Vea and Pwalugu ir…

But to an optimist, import-dependence spells opportunity. Firstly, structural imbalances are a symptom of fast growth. China’s annual agricultural consumption needs have now overtaken production too. For companies and investors, the import profile signals strong domestic demand which could be tapped through investment in domestic agribusiness and food retail.

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Food security index highlights areas of concern for Ghana

The issue is really that this and similar research are essential inputs to strategic planning for any and every government. We have never heard or seen a response from the Ghana government that positively acknowledges challenges and indicates what plans are in place to meet the challenges.

Food security is not a party political issue. It is a national issue of grave concern and current situations have been caused by consecutive governments over many years. But it is the current government that must tackle these challenges and indeed account to the millions of hungry and desperate Ghanaians.

According to PRWeb "DuPont and the Economist Intelligen…

DuPont-Sponsored 2014 Global Food Security Index Shows Significant Improvements

The Index revealed that while high-income countries generally have the best scores in this category, a number of former Soviet republic countries, including Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Belarus, Azerbaijan and Ukraine, scored as well as many developed, high-income nations. Sub-Saharan countries had the worst scores for this indicator -- among the 10 lowest-performing countries, supply-chain food losses ranged from a high of 9.5 percent in Malawi to a crushing 18.9 percent in Ghana.

WILMINGTON, DEl. (PRWEB) May 28, 2014 DuPont and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) today released the 2014 Global Food Security Index that showed 70 percent of countries in the study increased their food security scores over the previous year. The 2014 Index measures 109 countries against 28 foo…

Ghana's Agric Demographics Then and Now

Of course, agriculture is scientific and not based on land size. But, we still have to draw the lines before it turns out one day that some rich animal has bought the whole of Upper East from Chiana Pio and Navro Pio for a residential complex. That was the agro-demographics of yesteryear. Today, a chunk of male youth in indigenous Accra and fishing communities in the Central Region have abandoned fishing for driving and land guard activities; others have moved into Gambia, Liberia and Senegal to ply their fishing trade there.

Agriculture is creation's premier occupation. In the centuries to come, it still will be, not because of the numbers engaged in it or land size allocated it, but because food is a basic, unavoidable necessity. A quick demographic picture of agriculture in Ghana at this point is necessary in illustra…

Farmers Begin Nationwide Protests

For years, farmers have complained, about neglect and exclusion from the formulation of strategic national policies. They claim that although they produce about 80 percent of total agricultural output, they are not accorded the needed respect.

The straw that seems to have broken the camel’s back was the recently held National Economic Forum which assembled all stakeholders for consultations on pressing economic challenges.

Farmers Begin Nationwide Protests

Agric is wealth creating sector - Sakara tells youth

There is compelling evidence of ageing farmer population in the country which must be addressed to facilitate sustainability in agriculture production.

The average age of a farmer in Ghana is 55 and life expectancy averages between 55 -60 years. The country is also a net importer of foods, yet hundreds of youth graduate from the universities every year without getting employed.

The 2012 presidential candidate of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), Dr Abu Sakara, has urged the youth to change their perception about agriculture and see it as a wealth-creating venture.

The missing link in Ghana’s food security policies – calculators.

Which figures must we believe? Difficult to say but at the figure quoted by MOFA (330,000 tons), the situation looks even bleaker. With this as base figure Ghana will only be producing about 48 percent of estimated demand in 2018.

The recent Agribusiness Investment Summit which was aim…

Ghana’s Agricultural GDP dips

The Minister speculated that in the coming years, agriculture will lose some ground in terms of percentage to industry and services, as the country moves towards a service-based economy.

The Agricultural sector contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) had fallen from 31.8 per cent in 2009 to 22 per cent in 2013. This has allowed the service sector to assume the first place followed by the industry sector. Mr Clement Kofi Humado, Minister of Food and Agricultural, attributed the…

Global Food Markets More Volatile Than Before - FAO

There are marked differences in projected trade among meat varieties, with bovine and poultry meat on the upswing, and bovine products and pork on the decline. Poultry remains the main product traded, claiming 43 percent of the total market, followed by beef, pork and mutton respectively.

Weather conditions in various countries, and political tensions in the Black Sea region, have made food markets more volatile, FAO reports in the new Food Outlook. In its first major forecast for 2014, FAO puts cereal production at 2,458 million tonnes (including milled rice), down some 2.4 percent…