Govt urged to prioritise food security

• Food security stabilses economy, among others

• Food security stabilses economy, among others

Government should prioritise food security in the country as population size increases, Ms Consolata Dassah-Soyiri, a Communication and Advocacy Officer of the Netherlands Development Organisation, has urged.

Quoting the Medium-Term Agriculture Sector Implementation Plan (METASIP) 2011–2015, Ms Dassah-Soyiri lamented that the country continued to experience deficits with regard to rice, maize, sorghum and millet availability, resulting in the need for food import to make up for the cereal production shortfall.

“This means that the increase in the human population, especially poor regions or countries where people struggle to obtain food will have more trouble as the population increases,” she said.

Ms Dassah-Soyiri was speaking to the Ghanaians Times in Accra during a learning event organised for policy makers and media practitioners.

She said the growing population could also influence food insecurity by limiting the amount of food available for consumption.

According to Ms Dassah-Soyiri, as population size increases and poverty continues, food security remained a major challenge that needed to be addressed.

She said the human population was expected to increase by about two billion by 2050, adding that this would put a serious strain on the availability of food and as a result people would suffer from chronic hunger and poor nutrition.

She stressed that although enough food was produced to feed Ghanaians as population increased, the distribution was usually not even.

“The human population has been growing steadily and the amount of food needed to feed the population has also increased,” she said.

Ms Dassah-Soyiri said addressing food waste through food recovery could be one of the actions to find pragmatic solution to the menace.

By Benedicta Gyimaah Folley

 

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