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GLOBAL PANEL'S SDG BRIEF TO SUPPORT GHANA'S AMBITION TO ADDRESS MALNUTRITION


The Global panel on Agriculture and Food systems for Nutrition and the Former Presudent John A. Kufour Foundation met with current president, H.E. Nana Akofu Addo in Accra today, to discuss opportunities for building nutrition initiatives into national policies to achieve Ghana's Sustainable Development Goals.


Ghana has achieved much success in recent years to address under -nutrition. Between 2003 and 2014,stunting fell from 35 to 19 per cent .Ghana is also on track to deliver four of her six world Health Assembly indicators for nutrition. However, as many as 1.2 million Ghanaians are still considered food insecure.

Malnutrition, in all its forms, through a poor diet ,can undermine efforts to drive economic and health goals ,and through its new agricultural policies, Ghana has an opportunity to reposition its food system to deliver safe,affordable and health diets.

Presenting evidence from its latest policy brief, (Healthy diets for All : A key to meeting the SDGs),the Global panel highlight the central role of diet quality in delivering the SDGs ,boosting economic productivity and reducing demands on expenditure in health and social protection.

H.E Agyarkum John Kufour ,Former president of Ghana and Global panel Co- chair commented emphasized that, " To advance progress on the SDGs we must prioritise diet quality and nutrition."He added" national plans needed clear implementation strategies and committed leadership."

On the meeting with His Excellency Akufo Addo ,Global panel Co-Chair and Former UK Chief Scientific Advisor, Sir John Beddinggton,added, " We congratulate Ghana on it  commitments a of diet quality in delivering the SDGs ,boosting economic productivity and reducing demands on expenditure in health and social protection.
H.E Agyarkum John Kufour


H.E Agyarkum John Kufour ,Former president of Ghana and Global panel Co- chair commented emphasized that, " To advance progress on the SDGs we must prioritise diet quality and nutrition."He added" national plans needed clear implementation strategies and committed leadership ".

On the meeting with His Excellency Akufo Addo ,Global panel Co-Chair and Former UK Chief Scientific Advisor, Sir John Beddinggton,added, " We congratulate Ghana on it  commitments and achievements in nutrition, Initiatives such as Ghana's Zero Hunger strategic Review and the Government's planting for Food and job program are testimony of the strong political will to promote food security ,and economic growth. "He added ,central to delivering these policies will be a food system that delivers health diet."

The Global Panel activities in Ghana support the efforts undertaken by the John A. Kufour Foundation, the World Food Programme and the current administration to improve nutrition in the region, and achieve Ghana's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Source: Kofi Dwumah | www.OmyTv.net

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