The Country Director of the Hunger Project Mr. Samuel Afrane has urged developing countries to strive towards attaining food sovereignty by building food systems to feed its citizens.
Mr. Afrane said each country’s ways to avoid sovereignty would promote greater food in the global world.
The Country Director made this known last Thursday at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Accra during the launch of THE HUNGER PROJECT GHANA new Vision and Mission in Accra.
Mr. Samuel Afrane said from 2005 to 2018, the number of undernourished persons dropped by more than 200 million while the population continued to go up.
He said the situation of hunger continued to worsen because of climate change issues, conflict, global inequality and the COVID – 19 pandemic.
The number keep rising than we were in 2005 with 828 million people undernourished, Therefore we are facing a stark reality that, after decades of progress in reducing hunger, the trend has reversed,’ he said.
Mr. Samuel Afrane further said the changing climate in the world was threatening the usual ways of doing agriculture and reducing the ability to feed the increasing population in Africa.
Climate change is a brutal reality for farmers and fishers in the continent of Africa and there is the greater need for investing in climate adaptation at the same time, we know that we must transform the world’s food system to achieve the United Nations ( UN) Sustainable Development Goals and reach the climate targets contained in the Paris Agreement, ” he said.
Mr. Samuel Afrane said THE HUNGER PROJECT Ghana’s new Vision to create ” A world without hunger and new Mission to “facilitate individual and collective action to transform the system of inequity that create hunger and cause it to persist, would create a future that belonged to everyone.
The launch of these statements provides a new tens and an opportunity for us in The Hunger Project to evolve our ways of working, with new programmes, new areas of thought.
Mr. Tim Prewit Global Chief Executive Officer, THE HUNGER PROJECT through a video message, expressed joy at the creation of the Epicentres, which were creating change in the lives of the local people and other communities.
Professor Esther Sakyi – Dawson, Chairman of the National Advisory Council “THE HUNGER PROJECT” Ghana, called for more concerted efforts to realise the new Vision and Mission, adding that, THE HUNGER PROJECT Ghana would maintain existing partnerships to tackle hunger, especially amongst the women, children and the youth.
The Professor advised them to be gender focused by harnessing the full potential of every community person, with greater focus.
The launch which was graced by Ministry of Health representative, as well as the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research ( CSIR) , community partners as well the media shared messages of congratulations for the hard work been done by THE HUNGER PROJECT, Ghana for the launch of such loadable idea……. Story by Bugbila Moadow.