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).
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.
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.
"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.
COMMENT FROM FSG...
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.