Ghana joined the rest of the World to celebrate the 40th World Food Day which is themed: “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together.”
World Food Day celebration aims at making food systems more resilient to withstand global volatility and deliver affordable and sustainable diets for all. The COVID-19 crises has also rendered many nations food poor, making the pursuit of food security more important than ever.
In a statement in commemoration of World Food Day, AGRA Regional Head for West Africa Forster Boateng, said the COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique opportunity for Ghana to double down on its efforts to building a resilient agri-food system.
According to him, accelerating investments in the agriculture sector was imperative for economic recovery and growth during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As we celebrate World Food Day, we have to recognize the significant role of SMEs in driving agricultural transformation that benefits millions of smallholder farmers, meeting the food demand of the ever-growing urban population, and creating decent jobs for the teeming unemployed youth,” the statement said.
It added that the COVID-19 pandemic struck Ghana at a time when the country was grappling with youth unemployment, effects of climate change, and 2.5million people (5% of the total population) who are food insecure.
“These will require a concerted effort of Government, Development Partners, private sector mainly SMEs, and non-state actors to facilitate investments toward addressing systemic bottlenecks in the agriculture sector – agro-input distribution system, extension (digital), mechanization, value chain financing, structured market, regional trade, logistics and infrastructure – while ensuring mutual accountability,” the statement concludes.
The World Food Day is celebrated widely by many other organizations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organisation and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.