Moves to ensure food security in Upper East, Upper West

ALHAJI AMIN AMIDU SULEMANA,UPPER WESTREGIONAL MINISTER.More than 15,000 households in seven districts in the Upper East and Upper West Regions are benefiting from the Resilient and Sustainable Livelihoods Transformation (RESULT) Project, being implemented by the Association of Church-based Development Projects (ACDEP).

The project is a 19-million Canadian dollar initiative, designed to increase food security and resilience of about 120,000 vulnerable people in the two regions, will be implemented for six years.

The beneficiary districts are: Talensi, Bongo, Nabdam, Kassena Nankana West, and the Kassena Nankana municipality in the Upper East Region and Lawra and Jirapa in the Upper West Region.

The Deputy Director of the project, Mr. Godwin Ekekpi, disclosed these at the second Regional Project Consultative Committee (RPCC) meeting, to enable stakeholders and beneficiaries evaluate challenges facing the project, since its inception in 2012, held in Wa yesterday.

He said the project is being funded by the Canadian Feed The Children (CFTC), an international non-governmental organisation, with support from the government of Canada and private donors.

Mr. Ekekpi said the project was designed to increase the food security and resilience for about 120,000 vulnerable people in the two regions, considered the poorest in the country.

He said as part of the project, farmers were taught to pursue a variety of strategies to improve their livelihoods, including improving their skills and knowledge in sustainable crop, animal and aquaculture management.

Mr. Ekekpi  said officials of the project were working with stakeholders, who had the mandate and technical expertise to support smallholder farmers, but lacked sufficient capacity.

Mr. Kwaku Minka Fordjour, official of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, said there was the need to assist farmers in the two regions to increase agricultural production.

He said the fragile environment within which the farmers operated made it imperative for a review of strategies to ensure that they adopted best agricultural practices.

Mr. Fordjour appealed to the people to prevent bush fires, saying apart from destroying crops, fires affected soil fertility.


From Cliff Ekuful, Wa





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