10 Facts About Hunger In Ghana

Here are 10 facts that give the measure of the hunger situation in Ghana. Please help WFP raise awareness by sharing these facts on Twitter.

1) At least 45 percent of the population lives on less than US$1.25 a day.

2) Although poverty has decreased in northern Ghana, there remains large disparities between the north and south. Communities in the north account for 63 percent of the overall number of people living below the poverty line in Ghana.

3) In northern Ghana, about 88 percent of households’ livelihoods rely on crop production, whereas in the south, most people rely on the service and industrial sectors.

4) The highest proportion of food insecure households is in the upper east region, where 27 percent of households are at risk of hunger.

5) Ghana was declared a lower middle-income country in November 2010, meaning that it has a per capita income of between US$400 and US$4,000.

6) 2014 was not Ghana’s best year economically: growth declined from 14 percent in 2011 to six percent in 2013.

7) Despite the overall growth in recent years, the three northern regions continue to experience food insecurity and malnutrition.

8) Stunting rates in the northern, upper east, and upper west regions are 32, 36, and 25 percent respectively – which are all above the national average of 28 percent, and classified as “serious” by the World Health Organization.

9) There was 16 percent depreciation of the Ghanaian cedi against the US dollar in 2013, and 17 percent in 2014.

10) The inflation rate for December was 17.12 percent.

Learn more about hunger and malnutrition from WFP's comprehensive list of Facts About Hunger and Malnutrition.