GHANA PARTNERS WFP TO IMPLEMENT ENHANCED NUTRITION PROJECT TO PREVENT STUNTING

ACCRA — Ghana’s Food and Drug Authority (FDA) is collaboratig with the World Food Programme (WFP) to implement the Enhanced Nutrition and Value Chains (ENVAC) project, an integrated nutrition and agriculture programme being funded by Canada.

The five-year project (2017-2021) aims to reduce stunting and micro-nutrient deficiencies through private-sector led approaches to agriculture and agri-business, by improving production of nutritious local staple foods by smallholder farmers. It will also enhance industrial and community level agro-processing and increase consumption of nutritious foods by women and children to prevent stunting.

The collaboration between the WFP and FDA will create synergies in the technical know-how of two sides at the regional (provincial) and headquarters levels, to provide enhanced food regulatory oversight for ENVAC activities, thus ensuring safer food and strengthening the FDA’s capacity to carry out food safety activities through the provision of resources where available.

Rukia Yacoub, the Country Director of the WFP, said here Wednesday that under ENVAC, smallholder farmers in five regions– Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West — would be encouraged to produce good quality maize and other cereals, which they sell to two industrial food processors in the Ashanti and Brong-Ahafo Regions.

She said the WFP had provided technical and financial support to these industrial food processors to enable them to produce specialised blended nutritious foods (blended cereals mixed with vitamins and minerals) of international standard.

She added that these blended foods aim to improve nutrition, prevent stunting and micro-nutrient deficiencies initially in the Northern Region where one in three children was stunted, and eventually throughout the entire country and the West Africa sub-region.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

   

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