Ghana is one of the countries where WFP and sister agency FAO are working together to make sure vulnerable people have the food they need to survive today and can produce the food they will need tomorrow. View video
WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran and FAO Director General Jacques Diouf went to Ghana last week to see how this twin-track approach -- improving both short-term access to food and food production in the medium term -- is working in the Buduburam area, close to the capital Accra.
In Buduburam, WFP, FAO and other UN agencies provide support to vulnerable populations partly through nutritional safety nets and partly through programmes to promote income generating activities, small scale gardening and water systems for irrigation. In this way they cater to the short-term nutrition needs and the longer term need to develop self-sufficiency.
The heads of two Rome-based food and agriculture agencies have said they are stepping up support to keep Ghana on course in its fight against hunger and poverty, stressing that millions of people remain vulnerable amid the global financial crisis and high food prices.
Progress made against hunger in Ghana, the only country in sub-Saharan Africa to have achieved the hunger reduction target set by the Millennium Development Goals, risks being eroded by the global financial crisis, Sheeran said.