The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Hunger Project (THP), Mrs. Asa Skogstom Feldt has said that it was about time countries adopt gender focused and community driven developments to completely end poverty and hunger.
Finding lasting solutions to end poverty and hunger through partnerships as outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) one, two and 17, she believed was the surest way to make the world a better place for all.
The SDG one entreats the world to end poverty in all forms everywhere by 2030 and goal two also asks all countries to end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture, while goal 17 entreats all to revitalise global partnership for sustainable development.
Mrs. Feldt was speaking at a press conference held in Accra yesterday, to brief journalists on the achievements and interventions of the THP in Ghana.
She stated the THP together with some investors toured some epicentres in the Eastern Region where it declared three of them self-reliant based on their reception of development and their commitment to end hunger and poverty at all cost.
“The Atokekrom, Atoubikrom and Nsuta-Aweregya Epicentres are the first to be declared self- reliant among about 45 epicentres in Ghana and about 118 epicentres in Africa,” she said.
The three epicentres she said had been able to take charge of their own development through the mobilisation of five to a maximum of 16 communities to create their own epicentres which are mostly made of schools, clinics, financial firms and agro chemical shops.
Mrs. Feldt observed that about 29,000 people had so far benefited from the hunger project, with so many women empowered to take up leadership positions in their communities, and youth encouraged to take up agriculture.
Mr. Samuel Afrane, the country director of THP, said the project has spent US$20 million in Ghana so far.
He disclosed that a sum of US$1.4 million had been spent on each of the 45 epicentres situated in 32 districts in five regions in Ghana for the past 20 years.
“The epicentre strategy in Ghana had trained 55,971 people in food security and 1,258 people in adult literacy classes, 55,526 people in gender inequality workshops, 11,300 participants in nutrition and has also distributed 4,000 kilogrammes of seed to support agricultural workers among others,” he said
By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey