The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) has indicated that it will support 200 smallholder farmers to scale-up productivity by sponsoring their participation in the 8th Pre-harvest Agribusiness Conference.
The aim of the support is to help farmers and agro-processors expand business opportunities and build new partnerships to foster the growth of Ghana’s agriculture sector, and generally improve food and nutrition security.
WFP previously sponsored 104 smallholder farmers to enrol in the Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative – an initiative that helped to expand farmers marketing opportunities, increase their production and provided them with better opportunities to extricate themselves from food insecurity, malnutrition and poverty.
The Country Director, WFP, Rukia Yacoub, at the signing of an agreement between WFP and Agrihouse Foundation, the organisers said Kofi Annan once made a statement that “Agriculture can be a powerful tool in the process of economic development in Africa”, of which WFP shares this conviction and as such will re-commit support to government in the agriculture sector.
“We will do our best to support the Planting for Food and Jobs and One District, One Factory initiatives of government.
“Due to the current focus area of our support in Ghana, WFP plans to sponsor the participation of 200 smallholder farmers from the three Northern Regions, and Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions for the upcoming 8th Pre-harvest Agribusiness Conference,” she said.
The 8th Pre-harvest Agribusiness Conference and Exhibition event will highlight agro-economic opportunities to investors, policymakers, business leaders, academics, financial professionals, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and key government ministries as well as non-governmental and corporate bodies.
Also to be represented are: Farmers and farming associations, representatives from the Agribusiness Civil Society, investors, financial institutions, input dealers, seed companies, District Chief Executives and other relevant stakeholders.
Ms. Rukia also noted that WFP will lead discussions on the importance and role of supply chains in food systems and agribusiness, focusing on specialised nutritious foods.
Additionally, Sustainable Agriculture Warehousing and storage; Post-harvest Management; and Food and Quality Standards will be discussed to the letter.
Team Lead-Agrihouse Foundation, Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, expressed appreciation to WFP for coming on board to support such an initiative aimed at driving growth in Ghana’s agribusiness industry, promising a wonderful conference at Tamale between 3rd to 5th October 2018.
WFP is also currently working with the Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Agriculture on an innovative integrated food security and nutrition programme, and also in collaboration with the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to implement the Enhanced Nutrition and Value Chains (ENVAC) project, an integrated nutrition and agriculture programme that has the private sector at the centre,
Globally, the World Food Programme is focusing its support to national governments on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) two – which is to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.