Hanan Abdul-Wahab, CEO, National Food Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO)
The National Food Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO) called for a renewed stakeholder commitment to achieving food security in the country as Ghana joins with the rest of the world to mark World Food Day.
In a statement released by the company in Accra to commemorate this year’s World Food Day, NAFCO called for a demonstration of amplified assurance to reaffirm what it calls the non-negotiable duty to prevent hunger, disease and poverty resulting from food shortages or lack thereof.
World Food Day is celebrated on October 16 each year around the world to promote global awareness against hunger and underscore the need for member countries of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO) to prioritize and ensure food security.
The celebration of this year is on the theme ” Our actions are our future – better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life ” and the global celebration focuses on sustainable food security strategies amid the covid-19 pandemic.
The statement said that while the government has done commendable good in securing food production and availability through strategic interventions such as planting for food and employment as well as subsidizing fertilizers, increased funding to facilitate the storage, processing and marketing of these will strengthen the country’s determination to ensure adequate food security in the long term.
The statement also states that adequate funding is also necessary to ensure the continued existence and operationalization of strategic institutions put in place to work towards the achievement of food security objectives.
The statement comes days after the release of the latest global food security index released by London based The economist’s magazine Tuesday, Ghana being ranked 82nd out of 113 countries.
The annual index ranks countries based on affordability, availability, and food quality and safety.
Ghana achieved an overall score of 52 out of 100 on the World Food Security Index.
In terms of food availability, Ghana scored 48.6 out of 100, while in affordability the country scored 60 out of 100.
Countries like Sri Lanka, Mali and Pakistan outperformed Ghana on the index which flagged Ireland as the most secure country in the world, followed by Austria, then the United Kingdom. .
On the African continent, Ghana ranked 4th out of 28 African countries with reported scores.
NAFCO was established by the government in 2010 to, among other mandates, hold strategic food stocks for the country while helping to eliminate post-harvest losses.
However, over the years, the lack of funds has hampered the achievement of this goal, prompting calls for significant investments in food security mechanisms in the country.
The company also provides food to state institutions and since 2017 has been responsible for providing non-perishable food items to public high schools as part of the Free Senior High School (FSHS) program.
The company continues to play an important role in the country’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic by providing essential food items to the Pentecost Convention Center (PCC) in the central region and to the Pantang hospital where those tested are held. positive for the virus. .